The Daniel Defense Wave 7.62 is the Georgia-based company's first standalone suppressor, and one of the first in the industry to be entirely 3D printed.
Daniel Defense Wave 7.62 Snapshot:
- Daniel Defense's first suppressor, and one of the industry's first major 3D-printed centerfire suppressors
- Features a one-piece Inconel baffle/tube with advanced cascading baffle geometry
- It utilizes no welds, which are some of the weaker points in traditional suppressors
- Reduces sound by 30 dB in 5.56, 40 dB in .300 BLK
- Available in quick-detach (QD) or direct-thread (DT) models
- Rated for use with 5.56 NATO up to .300 Win. Mag.
It's no secret that 3D printing technology has had an influence on the firearms industry. Whether used to rapidly produce prototypes of new products during the research and development phase or to create a finished product, 3D printing has become a key piece of technology for many in the business. This can clearly be seen with one of the newest pieces of gear to hit the market, the Daniel Defense Wave 7.62 3D printed suppressor.
Officially launched back at the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, the new Daniel Defense Wave 7.62 is created using a laser sintering 3D printing approach, which essentially means it uses a laser to fuse materials together and form the desired 3D shape. According to Daniel Defense, this is the same 3D printing approach often used to create parts for space rockets.
The Wave, which is Daniel Defense's first standalone suppressor, has to be one of the first 3D-printed cans to be produced and offered by a well-known name in the industry. Others have produced 3D-printed suppressors in the past, including rimfire versions as well as a few for centerfire cartridges, but none, it seems, with the brand recognition of Daniel Defense.
The Daniel Defense Wave 7.62 features a one-piece Inconel baffle/tube that utilizes what the company refers to as an advanced cascading baffle geometry, which is designed to effectively attenuate sound. According to the manufacturer's website, the suppressor reduces sound by around 30 dB with 5.56 NATO and by around 40 dB with .300 BLK.
One of the more interesting aspects of the Daniel Defense Wave's 3D-printed design is that it removes the need for welds. Welds are typically some of the weakest points in traditional suppressor designs, so removing those could certainly improve durability.
The suppressor also comes equipped with the Acme Thread Quick-Clamping System, which clamps securely to a 17-4PH stainless steel muzzle device. The heavy acme threads on the muzzle device disrupt the buildup of carbon, allowing for easy removal of the can even after it's been used extensively.
The new Daniel Defense Wave 7.62 3D-printed suppressor is rated from 5.56 NATO up to .300 Winchester Magnum. It weighs 17.2 ounces and is 7.6 inches long.
There are two models available. The quick-detach (QD) version is available for $1,157, while the direct-thread (DT) model is listed at $986.
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Leave it to Daniel Defense to stay on the cutting edge in new product development. Very innovative suppressor design with innovative manufacturing technology. BUT……..holy hell guys, almost $1200 for a can! That’s almost the cost of a complete rifle after you include the federal tax.. 3D printing should REDUCE the cost of manufacturing (no custom welds etc.) which should be passed on to the consumer.