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ATCS introduces origami ballistic shield

January 24, 2020  By Staff

ATCS (Advanced Technology Compliant Solutions) has introduced the Swift Shield, featuring a patented design that is based on origami (the ancient art of paper folding) principles. This enables it to collapse down to the size of a notebook for storage.

When needed, the Swift Shield unfolds to provide six square-feet of light-weight, NIJ Level IIIA ballistic protection. The shield was unveiled at the SHOT Show this year with partner, AEGIX Global, who will be selling and marketing the Swift Shield into the law enforcement space.

The innovative origami design is based on research conducted and patents filed by members of the Compliant Mechanisms Research Group (CMR) at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

ATCS secured exclusive licensing rights from BYU, and then leveraged engineers, materials experts, law enforcement professionals, and combat military veterans to develop practical solutions. The company says the Swift Shield is the first real-world application of this technology.


Swift Shield product features include:

  • Origami folds: enable rapid deployment with small storage footprint
  • Fully feployed size: 24” x 36”, provides six square feet of light-weight ballistic protection
  • Armour Level: NIJ Level IIIA, provides protection against most common threats
  • Weight: 5 lbs.
  • Armour plating made of specially processed ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene materials
  • Exterior Materials: Hypalon® (chlorosulfonated polyethylene) provides a “chemical resistant, waterproof and flexible yet firm covering that can be provided in a variety of colours or patterns.”


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