A Viper Innovation Cell and CATM Collab - Shaw AFB Implements 3-D Printed M-4 Magazine Speed Loading Ram

A completed 3-D printed M-4 Magazine Speed Loading Ram (MMSLR) is staged inside the 3-D printer used to produce the device at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Nov. 8, 2023. The black main body hopper is printed with an Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene filament; a durable plastic which is cost effective, easier to print and does not need to withstand much force during use. The white plunger component is a Polycarbonate filament; a stronger plastic able to handle the stress from thrusting ammunition into the metal M-4 magazine from the plastic MMSLR. The materials allow for a durable and cost-effective design that can be printed anywhere with a 3-D printer to expedite mission execution. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Dunkleberger)

PHOTO BY: Senior Airman Kevin Dunkleberger
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