3D printers replace parts aboard PLA warships

Imagine if you will, a rising China, who already has over 90% of the rare earths under its control, producing or printing thousands upon thousands of military weapons.

Although easier said than done, theoretically, they could be the world’s most powerful military overnight should should they use this technology to their advantage and produce 25,000 stealth jets. This type of production capacity is surely around the corner, given they’ve already had 13 years of 3D printing technology and the storage capacity in thousands of miles of nuclear-attack hardened underground tunnel networks — also known as The Great Underground Wall of China.

Some would argue this is simply a reaction to U.S. ‘assertiveness’ in the region, however, those who have really been paying attention know it’s war preparations against the United States. After all, they have told us they would hurt us, be engaged in hand-to-hand combat with America in ten years. Action speaks louder than words and thus far they have proven intention by preparation.

 

3D printers are being deployed aboard the warships of the People’s Liberation Army Navy to replace crucial small parts, according to China’s Global Times on Jan. 8.

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3D printing could revolutionise war and foreign policy

3D printing will revolutionise war and foreign policy, say experts, not only by making possible incredible new designs but by turning the defence industry — and possibly the entire global economy — on its head.

For many, 3D printing still looks like a gimmick, used for printing useless plastic figurines and not much else.

But with key patents running out this year, new printers that use metal, wood and fabric are set to become much more widely available — putting the engineering world on the cusp of major historical change. Continue reading