Meet RAMBO: The Army's 3-D printed grenade launcher

The Army recently unveiled a grenade launcher with a grenade created through 3-D printing technology

By Military1 Staff

Can’t find a grenade launcher when you need one? No problem, if you’re the U.S. Army: just print one.

Researchers at the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) recently fired a grenade from a grenade launcher, both of which were created using 3-D printing technology.

(U.S. Army photo by Sunny Burns, ARDEC)

All components of the grenade launcher, aside from the springs and fasteners, were created using the futuristic technology, and makes the case for accelerated use of similar technology in the future when it comes to military weapons.

The team at ARDEC spent six months creating RAMBO (Rapid Additively Manufactured Ballistics Ordnance), and using 3-D printing would create millions in savings over the long run, if they start using the technology on a regular basis.