Much has been reported over the last year about using 3-D printers to turn plastic into parts for a working pistol. While law enforcement and governments worry about what it means when a printer makes anyone a gunsmith, the prototypes shown off by a few companies generally failed to perform well or last.
But a California company now says it has produced the first ever metal gun using a 3-D printer at its Texas facility – debunking the idea that the technology isn’t ready for mainstream manufacturing, according to Kent Firestone, vice president of additive manufacturing for Solid Concepts. [click to continue…]
U.S. Army engineers have shrunk the weight of a Enhanced Small Arms Protective Insert plate by ten percent, officials announced Monday.
The Army’s Research Laboratory reduced the weight of a size medium Enhanced Small Arms Protective Insert plate from 5.45 pounds to 4.9 pounds as part of the Advanced Body Armor Project. Army officials said the other services as well as Special Forces units would benefit from the research. [click to continue…]
The U.S. Army is finishing a series of independent tests on suit protoypes that soldiers could wear under their uniforms and help them carry combat loads that can often exceed 100 pounds.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — the lab the Pentagon depends on to develop next generation equipment — has spent two years working toward developing a suit that supplements a soldier’s muscles to help the soldier carry his gear and equipment over all types of terrain.
Army officials had soldiers test out the prototypes while carrying a 61-pound load on a treadmill (video below). Scientists and engineers wanted to see if the prototypes could “reduce forces on the body, decrease fatigue, stabilize joints, and help soldiers maintain a natural gait under a heavy load,” according to a DARPA statement. [click to continue…]
A team of researchers at Vanderbilt University has developed two hardware modules along with corresponding software that uses an Android smartphone to spot the location of a nearby shooter.
The U.S. military has worked with the scientific community to develop systems to identify sniper locations for more than a decade. Pentagon leaders have already used at least two systems to track sniper fire — the Boomerang and Pilar acoustic sensor system.
These systems use the sound created by the muzzle blast and/or the shockwave created by the bullet traveling at supersonic velocities to triangulate the location of a shooter. In order to best locate a shooter, the systems depend on networks of sensors. A processor collects the readings from the different sensors in the area and determines the location.
Vanderbilt’s team has developed two modules of microphone sensors that can be connected to a smartphone. One is roughly the size of a pack of playing cards. It collects readings from both the muzzle blast and the shockwave to triangulate a location. For it to work, this version must have six nodes to get an accurate location, according to Akos Ledeczi, a member of Vanderbilt’s team. [click to continue…]
It is an annual tradition. In memory of founder Logan Coffey and in honor of his birthday, Tactical Tailor has a Founder’s Day Sale, from 1 through 7 May – during that sale everything manufactured by Tactical Tailor will be 35% off. You have access to everything on line of course, but if you happen to be in the area – such as JBLM – they would love for you to come by their brick-and-mortar store.
“This is an important sale for obvious reasons,” Tactical Tailor CEO Casey Ingels says. “We’re remembering Logan, and of course gear is never discounted like this except on Founders Day. We really want it to be circulated. Tell everyone, like the guys at Lewis McChord, to come by the retail store. 12715 Pacific Highway South, Lakewood.”
Tactical Tailor says, “Tactical Tailor may have started small, but Logan Coffey’s idea for a custom tactical gear company was anything but. Beginning in his barracks room in the Army, Logan worked hard to build Tactical Tailor into the industry leading company that it is today. Logan may not be with us today, but the dedicated employees of the company he created ensure that his dreams and ideas continue to thrive.”
(That’s 12715 Pacific Highway South, Lakewood WA 98499.)
Pickard Iconic just turned me on to Ultra-Ever Dry, a material they advise will ‘completely repel almost any liquid’. Watching the video one can believe it. Ultra-Ever Dry is produced by Global Industrial. According to their description, it is a “… superhydrophobic (water) and oleophobic (hydrocarbons) coating…” The video displays most obviously industrial applications, but one can certainly envision a host of uses in the tactical industry, from the outside of a grunt’s ruck to – imagine it – the outside of a poncho liner (cue heavenly music and a light spearing down from on high).
Further description as follows: “Ultra-Ever Dry uses proprietary nanotechnology to coat an object and create a barrier of air on its surface. This barrier repels water, oil and other liquids unlike any coating seen before. The other breakthrough associated with Ultra-Ever Dry is the superior coating adherence and abrasion resistance allowing it to be used in all kinds of applications where durability is required. Ideal for use on metals, plastics, wood and fabric. Quart can covers 42 square feet.”
Watch the video then comment. What sort of practical uses do you see? It obviously doesn’t breathe, so it wouldn’t work well on boots, but what about the exterior of communications kit headed for the field? Sound off if you care to.