Monday, November 26, 2007

Paging Gene Roddenberry

We seem to get closer every day:
For example, according to Summit, battleships and aircraft carriers now make extensive use of selective laser sintering (SLS) printers, which can "print out" materials like titanium, cobalt chromium and polyamide, to fabricate spare parts on the spot instead of carrying huge warehouses full of replacements.
How many years before they are building the entire ship?

Of course, easier manufacture creates problems as well as benefits.

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