Weapon Wednesday – Origami-Inspired Ballistic Shield

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The Swift Shield can stop a bullet from a .44 Magnum handgun
The Swift Shield can stop a bullet from a .44 Magnum handgun
ATCS

Although the bulletproof shields used by police officers are definitely life-savers, the things are also quite heavy and bulky. The origami-inspired Swift Shield offers an alternative, as it folds down into a lightweight package when not in use.

Manufactured by US-based company ATCS (Advanced Technology Compliant Solutions), the device is actually the commercialized version of a prototype developed three years ago by a team at Utah’s Brigham Young University.

While that first incarnation utilized Kevlar to stop bullets, however, the Swift Shield’s armor plating consists of what are described as “ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene materials.” Covering those materials is a waterproof, chemical-resistant and firm-yet-flexible shell made of Hypalon, which itself is a form of polyethylene.

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