With the advent of cheaper printers and better software, the military’s use of 3-D printing is skyrocketing. Scientists and officials involved in the services’ efforts believe that troops may one day be able to make fully-functional printed objects even while on the battlefield or onboard a ship.
Creating printed models, prototypes or simple replacement parts is only the tip of the iceberg, they said. The services are experimenting with new substances and processes that could yield entire 3-D printed systems that have circuits, power storage and logic embedded in the object itself — although the fielding of such items is decades away.
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