The furry suit probably didn't help much.
And tends towards brittleness and is a PITA to machine.
I'm rather sure the nice folks at JPL thought this one through.
The moon should be easier. They wouldn't have to worry about getting tickets for double parking. No cops. Drunk driving? No problemo?
You're not really pushing a rational business case here. You would typically find a use for the uber expensive material before you spend a lot of money going after said expensive material.
Never, never diss people with lots of disposable income. Help them.
I would be interested if somebody put the printed metal material through some metalurigal tests to see how strong it is versus traditionally cast/machined parts.
They already did. They fired 2000+ rounds through the gun. Pretty good test. Now, the TFA doesn't mention if they used proof loads (larger amounts of powder used to test guns by giving one the assurance they can handle larger than expected pressures). But 2000 rounds is starting to get you into territory that suggests the gun is reasonably strong and safe.
How are you going to print Naugahyde? Or rich Corinthian leather for that matter?
Right. We're so backwards we can't even land the most complex lander ever devised on Mars. Or put satellites in orbit and Jupiter and Saturn.
And keep a manned spacecraft up and running for years. Or pay for the Hubble (several times).
Awful. Awful. Awful.
Yeah China - they manage to take mostly Russian technology and do something that both the US and the USSR did 40 years ago.
The Chinese are to be congratulated - no matter where the tech came from, it's a significant accomplishment. And FSM knows we need some competition here (it's the American way, right?). But quit the angst.
Somebody already did.
Isn't that a rather pointless conjecture?
Must have some rough edges.
The answer to both problems is to publish everything in the Journal of Irreproducible Results
I'll trade you 6 Chili flavored Ramens for 1 shrimp.
Talk about gross
In America, we brew lawsuits like we do coffee.