The big Texas cities..... Did you forget Houston or are you thinking that, by the time this sort of thing might get enacted, it will be under six feet of water?
I see you the 8th largest economy and raise you a carrier battle group. Who gets the kaboom stuff?
Failure analysis. Didn't you see '2001'?
I used to do this as a kid with old typewriters dad would bring home for me to take apart and put back together. There would usually be parts left over at the end but because everything still worked dad said I had made the machines "more efficient."
I used to do this when I was racing motorcycles. It was called 'adding lightness'.
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?