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US Navy plans to turn aircraft carriers into weapons factories

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These days, mention of weapons, printed on three-dimensional printers, conjures up mostly pictures of how people print assault rifles in their garage. But an article recently published in the Armed Forces Journal presents a more systematic approach to the use of weapon printing in military art.


US Navy plans to turn aircraft carriers into weapons factories


According to captain-lieutenant Michael Llenz, the US Navy plans to convert its aircraft carriers into "floating factories", each of which bears an armada of three-dimensional printers for printing weapons, drones, and even artificial shelters in accordance with instantaneous conditions. The global logistic rationality of such a scheme will save huge amounts of time and money. For example, tiny volumes of free space are created in a large pile of cylindrical bullets - which accumulate when it comes to many millions of units. Rectangular briquettes of powder, from which bullets can be printed when they are needed, use the available space as efficiently as possible.

At present, a detailed study of such a scheme has already been completed. Llenza cites several examples, including Contour Crafting, a three-dimensional printing system the size of a house, as well as several recent projects in which a fully operational drone was printed in one night.

Image of the “Contour Crafting” system of the University of Southern California program, which has developed printing technology on an entire building scale.


Of course, huge technological gaps have to be closed before the 3D print can be adopted as part of a full-scale military supply strategy. Printing is very expensive at the moment, and more importantly, the structural stability of many materials used is not constant - so replacing critical parts of the mechanisms with printed parts is not even considered. However, this is a very promising idea, especially if we consider it in terms proposed by Neil Gershenfeld of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who described three-dimensional printing as an opportunity to "turn information into objects and objects into information." Llenz elegantly summed up this idea, suggesting how much simpler it would be for the Apollo 13 mission astronauts if they could just request the CAD models they needed at the moment from ground control.
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  1. pensioner
    pensioner 31 May 2013 07: 27
    +2
    US Navy plans to turn aircraft carriers into weapons factories

    Why, right. a lot of iron. Only from the stern can a battalion of abrams be riveted. True, if they sweep the tank division, then there might not be enough iron ... And with each new battalion the industrial site will become smaller and smaller ... Here everything needs to be calculated ...
    1. yustas
      yustas 31 May 2013 07: 36
      +1
      And the powder for printing will apparently materialize on boron directly from the air, or will they be sent from the future, and then, how will they print microelectronics for control? print gunpowder? and in the end, how many more ships with engineers will it take to assemble it later?
      Conclusion: insanity grew stronger, ranks expanded ...

      Yuri, good afternoon to you, namesake and friend
      1. pensioner
        pensioner 31 May 2013 07: 45
        +2
        We have morning here!! Good afternoon, namesake! How is it in Siberia? They still don’t let go to Tomsk. But I'll break free! I’ll catch bigger on the Ob. And then it’s not order: on the Ob in Barnaul I caught, on it in Novosibirsk I caught, on it in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, but Tomsk was not covered ... Not order!
        1. yustas
          yustas 31 May 2013 07: 57
          +1
          Quote: retired
          How is it in Siberia?

          Thanks, great, only the summer is delayed as usual =)
      2. engineer74
        engineer74 31 May 2013 07: 47
        -1
        Yeah, something is not finalized here! I propose to equip this crap with a complex for the extraction of all the necessary raw materials and its primary processing, as well as with renewable energy sources - it will turn out to be a "colonizer's dream" or a budget grave! laughing
        1. yustas
          yustas 31 May 2013 08: 01
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          Good afternoon, comrade!
          I also forgot to mention how much food they will need for such a number of staff, or will they print it too !? Although they don’t get used to it, they already eat burgers =)
          1. pensioner
            pensioner 31 May 2013 08: 15
            +2
            Fishing rods will give out.
          2. alex86
            alex86 31 May 2013 22: 39
            -1
            Quote: yustas
            they will print it too

            just today they talked about a 3D printer for printing food products, they suggest starting with pizza, because it’s flat and it’s technologically simpler. No irony. And the idea, in general, is sound. If you recall liquid propellants, then the essence is the same. And if you recall, the Americans are developing robotic platforms with the ability to obtain fuel from any surrounding raw materials - trees, grass, etc.
            When you have a worldwide printing press in your hands, you can print weapons with food ...
    2. Alexander Romanov
      Alexander Romanov 31 May 2013 07: 48
      +1
      US Navy plans to turn aircraft carriers into weapons factories
      And that on land you can’t already put printers, you must definitely swell a bunch of dough into the re-equipment of an aircraft carrier. Another dough cut under a fashionable theme.
      1. yustas
        yustas 31 May 2013 07: 59
        +2
        Alexander, good day!
        Quote: Alexander Romanov
        And because you can’t already set up printers on the sachet, you need to swell a bunch of dough into the re-equipment of an aircraft carrier.

        Apparently afraid that our strategic missile forces will reduce the number of missiles along with the number of states =)
        And good luck to them in the cut! I can give a saw, according to GOST (m.v. 62), I bred and sharpened it myself, the steel is excellent.
        1. pensioner
          pensioner 31 May 2013 09: 10
          +1
          I have an ax 56g.v. - THING !! I change the "tomohawk" to the CD (though sorry). Do not offer BU!
      2. mirag2
        mirag2 31 May 2013 08: 55
        +4
        Dear comrade, it hurts me to read what is written by you and the people above ... A lot of food, cut ... This is the triumph of advanced technology that the army will have at hand. You can create a register of spare parts that can be printed and that may be needed to restore equipment damaged in battle (airplanes, helicopters, boats) for example, and which you may need, it is POSSIBLE, and which you don’t have to carry with you. And the equipment ... Do you see a picture? Have you seen a 3-dimensional printer? So imagine such a block only more.
        It's good that you don't write like: "one of our" granite "and kirdyk to their printer." What are you doing stupid demagoguery here? That's because of people like you, our tankers in Grozny turned out to be empty DZ blocks. Also, they probably said : "What the hell is this? DZ, DZ we will crush them with caterpillars."
        Thank you for the attention. Regards mirag2.
      3. Apostle
        Apostle 31 May 2013 11: 08
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        Such a conversion immediately makes the aircraft carriers an excellent target for our missiles =) so to speak, with one blow of two birds with one stone ... or even three (and the boat, and the factory, and airplanes) ....
      4. Metlik
        Metlik 31 May 2013 14: 43
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        Quote: Alexander Romanov
        And that on land you can’t already put printers, you must definitely swell a bunch of dough into the re-equipment of an aircraft carrier. Another dough cut under a fashionable theme.

        You forget that an aircraft carrier is also a nuclear reactor, which means very cheap energy for any production.
    3. fisherman
      fisherman 31 May 2013 07: 50
      -1
      yes, it’s necessary to calculate everything, since the Hornet taking off from the deck can easily destroy half of these freshly baked 3D tanks :)
    4. DDW
      DDW 31 May 2013 08: 10
      +4
      Fools. Write nonsense and be proud of yourself, stupefying with greatness.
      The United States announced a new method of reproduction of weapons and stockpiles of material for them.
      Those. just from any specific components you can create a real combat system. type of weapon or ammunition to it. It's really advanced technology. There is no need to carry anything according to the nomenclature, there is no need to wait for production somewhere in the rear, it is possible, depending on the needs of the troops, to manufacture what is of paramount importance at a given time. Isn't this a GOOD for the troops ?? Whatever it is - "And we have grenades of the wrong system ..."
      Sometimes read the fools on the site. especially "armament specialists" becomes impossible ...
      Do not expose yourself as abnormal people ...
      1. kotdavin4i
        kotdavin4i 31 May 2013 08: 50
        +4
        Cheerful morning Clever you are ours, well, let's reflect on the structure of the universe. You say the reproduction of weapons - since you can see poorly - the previous comments have not yet reached you - I will explain in the language of the housewife - The aircraft carrier is a rather small territory - despite its size - I agree to let them throw out all the aircraft - empty the warehouses, load them with printers, consumable for printing what? How many UAV housings can be stamped, but the electronic filling? You can't print it with you on a printer, ammunition for small arms - take gunpowder with you (well, it's not being printed yet), shelters? There are no polymers stronger than reinforced concrete so far (I do not say for sure, but still.) and even better if this shelter is buried 100 meters underground. they have not yet learned to print military equipment - "printers of the wrong system." So it turns out that a sort of factory for printing airsoft weapons comes to the Persian Gulf and, having received a couple of missiles on board, takes billions of dollars to the bottom. but in general, for a change, read this http://topwar.ru/28688-amfibiynye-gruppy-vms-ssha-blef-ili-realnaya-ugroza.html - towards the end of the article - namely, about the Shipping Command - and maybe You will become at least a little clearer in military affairs.
        1. pensioner
          pensioner 31 May 2013 09: 18
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          Correctly!! PLANTS are located for the production of WEAPONS, located in the interior of the country (if possible) in well-protected areas. There are many ways and more reliable than naval for delivering weapons to battlefields. UAVs (as a false target) cannot be made on the knee either. And where will this floating plant stand? Yes, very far from the coast (region of military operations). Again delivery. From the plant to the shore. And what would such a fuss go unpunished?
        2. DDW
          DDW 31 May 2013 11: 50
          +4
          Much has been written, but about nothing ... Your writing has long been chewed.
          In military affairs, you are apparently a prominent and well-known specialist. And I do not dispute this. Judging by the flag, you are also a US soldier.
          Dig into 100 meters? Well dig.
          However, do not remember why mobile means for striking were introduced? Apparently do not remember. Well, God be with you.
          Your post is verbose, but stupid.
          I want to remind you personally - any sample is the fruit of a three-dimensional printer, the components of which are scattered throughout the country, and even abroad. If numerous components will be in one place, and for reproduction only raw materials and energy will be required, then in your opinion is EVIL?
          Personally, I am very concerned about the appearance of such devices. No need to be an expert to understand the importance of this development.
          Are you going to sink an aircraft carrier? Hmm .. should disappoint you - IT'S DIFFICULT. Even if you scoop up to him with an anti-tank grenade, the Russians do not give up screaming ...
          Will you use BR on it? But then everyone will burn in hell from a retaliatory strike.
          You are not far in your judgment, as are those that support you.
          I didn’t mean to offend or insult you.
          1. kotdavin4i
            kotdavin4i 1 June 2013 09: 39
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            Hello once, the fact that the US flag is displayed on the website does not mean anything, I live in Azerbaijan in the beautiful city of Baku (and am very pleased), I have 18 years of service behind me - and I am also very pleased with this. He also graduated from the Naval Academy in Moscow (this means that I am a "Specialist")
            and now on your "smart" remarks to my "stupid" conclusions:
            1. "Why have mobile means of striking been introduced?" - the mobile means is Topol M, nuclear submarines with nuclear missiles, in the event of a vigorous strike, do you think it is better to sit deep in an underground bunker or in a plastic shelter? (if "smart" then figure out what the hell they bury themselves as deeply as possible)
            2. "- any sample, this is the fruit of a three-dimensional printer," - go and tell this to a turner, a milling machine operator at IzhMash - or a worker collecting tanks - at Tagil Carriage Building - at best you will learn a lot of new and interesting things about yourself ...
            3. the most interesting (to me as a naval officer) "Are you going to sink an aircraft carrier? Hmm .., I must disappoint you - IT'S DIFFICULT." - sinking an aircraft carrier is quite easy despite the fact that it is a very large bandurina - for this there are anti-ship missiles (we will leave ballistic and grenades alone) - although how do you know that in the 5th grade of the school this still does not pass. besides - as it was written just below "Again, to all of the above, it must be borne in mind that the printer itself takes up a lot of space much more than" air in bullets "(as they write in the article), plus it is necessary to consider the static location of the printer on the bearing surface, as during printing, the print head positioning system will fail, with great fluctuations, how are they going to fight it at sea? "
            in General Vyunosha - go ka first to the army and then to sport.
        3. Petrix
          Petrix 31 May 2013 14: 30
          0
          Quote: kotdavin4i
          Aircraft carrier is a pretty small area

          Have you forgotten about transports? Which is easier to transport: spare parts with limited stock or raw materials with unlimited?
          Quote: kotdavin4i
          and the electronic filling? you have to carry it with you on the printer you will not print

          How many on-board circuits can I take in ready-made UAVs, and how many in tightly packed in boxes? Also with gunpowder and shells.
          Quote: kotdavin4i
          seekers? stronger than reinforced concrete while there are no polymers

          This is not necessarily about shelter at the epicenter of the bombing. Probably just a modular shelter for desert areas.
          Quote: kotdavin4i
          comes a kind of factory for printing airsoft guns in the Persian Gulf

          Such a factory will come, say, to Vladivostok with a peaceful load in peacetime (powder, materials, bolts, nuts ...), and then an UAV cloud came from somewhere around the whole coast. You can simply swim across the ocean, don’t climb on the rampage, and save a bunch of resources needed to transport finished products from the continent.
          1. kotdavin4i
            kotdavin4i 1 June 2013 09: 41
            -1
            Quote: Petrix
            Such a factory will come, say, to Vladivostok with a peaceful load in peacetime (powder, materials, bolts, nuts ...),

            - well, yes, it means that such a "peaceful" aircraft carrier comes, with escort of security - and we tell you here the magic powder has been brought, but we will not give it back yet ...
    5. Phantom Revolution
      Phantom Revolution 31 May 2013 09: 25
      0
      Quote: retired
      Here everything must be calculated ...

      There will be a limited production resource, and then it will be able to conquer a banana country.
      But in essence, here it is necessary to produce both mining and exploration of minerals. It seems to me that it is cheaper to take and load it with equipment and weapons, and to make floating production, only in the occupied countries, mini factories selling weapons from your own minerals.
      1. yustas
        yustas 31 May 2013 10: 24
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        Again, to all of the above, it must be borne in mind that the printer itself takes up a lot of space much more than "air in bullets" (as they say in the article), plus it is necessary to take into account the static location of the printer on the supporting surface, since during printing, the print head positioning system will malfunction, with large fluctuations, how are they going to deal with it at sea?
        Pure water duck, they already printed F-35, now they work with a file
        Good luck to them in this, all that the West can do is to shout loudly and litter immature brains, so the conclusions suggest the corresponding, much "respected" mirage2 and ddv
        1. Petrix
          Petrix 31 May 2013 14: 42
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          Quote: yustas
          the printer itself takes up a lot of space much more than "air in bullets" (as they say in the article), plus it is necessary to take into account the static location of the printer on the supporting surface, because during printing, the print head positioning system will malfunction, with large fluctuations, how are they going to deal with it at sea?

          This is a purely technical task. With the development of technology, this is doable. (iron is sinking, and ships are made of iron). The point is the principle of use.

          Quote: Phantom Revolution
          It seems to me that it’s cheaper to take and load it with equipment and weapons

          That is the question: what equipment and weapons? This must be predicted in advance. And here, without calculating anything, a little stress is set in the way, and what equipment is needed will be determined on the spot.
          That's why a penknife is equipped with different tools, cameras were inserted into mobile phones? Correctly MULTIFUNCTIONALITY.
  2. My address
    My address 31 May 2013 07: 38
    +1
    It is possible to do biotoilets in large quantities on aircraft carriers. Here the plastic is quite applicable.
    Even a poultry farm can create a plane. But how much it will cost and whether it will fly is a question.
    1. pensioner
      pensioner 31 May 2013 07: 48
      +2
      Shitting on top (in a jump) will definitely ... Fly? Well, perhaps low - low ....
  3. aszzz888
    aszzz888 31 May 2013 07: 42
    0
    And how many of our SO, nails done? Or a paper clip with buttons?
  4. Nitarius
    Nitarius 31 May 2013 07: 46
    0
    not well, weapons to do. And gunpowder, explosives, etc. where will they take for weapons?
    to get from dry closets after processing?
    The idea is not bad. But for some reason it causes some kind of understatement or we are led astray.
    Although the idea is not bad.
    1. fisherman
      fisherman 31 May 2013 08: 02
      +1
      I agree with you ... the idea of ​​a perpetual motion machine (grail) is very good :))
      1. Petrix
        Petrix 31 May 2013 14: 51
        0
        Why should one run to extremes? Powder. To begin with, all the plastic parts to do is the thing.
        Perpetual motion machine that uses an "infinite" source. A water mill is quite similar to a perpetual motion machine (at least 1000 years it works while the river is there).

        For example, folding wings, lobes, tail. It does not remind you of the semi-finished products that are brought to combat readiness as necessary?
  5. Dart weyder
    Dart weyder 31 May 2013 07: 59
    +1
    Judging by the F-35 - go broke))))
  6. Grigorich 1962
    Grigorich 1962 31 May 2013 08: 05
    +3
    Yes, let the Americans go to the pasture at all ..... we are only glad for this
  7. pavlec007
    pavlec007 31 May 2013 08: 19
    +1
    As I understand it, our ducks again sucked them in on a chip on the prospects for the production of weapons, so that they as much as possible green candy wrappers would go into the pipe.
    1. v53993
      v53993 31 May 2013 08: 57
      0
      Americans believe that if you can print green candy wrappers unlimitedly, then you can also print tanks, rockets, etc. Some kind of kindergarten, the kids started to play.
  8. Metlik
    Metlik 31 May 2013 08: 24
    0
    The development of 3D printer technology in the military - it’s crucial!

    Imagine that 50 drones printed on a 000D printer take off, say, from the territory of Israel and fly to Syria. How to distinguish among them the real goals for air defense? It's impossible. Shoot everything down? Missiles are not enough. And if they have enough, they will still print - the price is a penny.
    1. pensioner
      pensioner 31 May 2013 08: 42
      +1
      And we are their 3D missiles. The same issue price is a penny.
      1. Metlik
        Metlik 31 May 2013 13: 47
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        Quote: retired
        And we are their 3D missiles. The same issue price is a penny.

        A glider can fly on solar panels, and fuel for a rocket from the air appear?
    2. kotdavin4i
      kotdavin4i 31 May 2013 08: 54
      +2
      UAVs are not "only valuable fur" - it is not only a plastic case, it is, first of all, a rather expensive electronic filling + control systems .. even the Americans' muzzle will crack 50 thousand pieces for a cat under ... let it go, they have tomogavki for this - they for this and are calculated. a The purpose of the UAV is observation, reconnaissance, target designation, and partly as weapons carriers.
      1. Metlik
        Metlik 31 May 2013 13: 44
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        Quote: kotdavin4i
        UAV is not "only valuable mech" - it is not only a plastic case, it is, first of all, a rather expensive electronic filling + control systems

        Read carefully.
        I wrote that these are false goals. Why is there electronics?
        1. kotdavin4i
          kotdavin4i 1 June 2013 11: 00
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          but because the plastic case is not a hedgehog, it’s a proud bird, it UNTIL YOU REMEMBER WILL NOT FLY. in order for any false target to fly - you need an engine, fuel for the engine, a control system (UAVs are not a missile) - and then on the radar the targets are displayed differently - now smart computers have learned to disassemble what a rocket is and what a dummy means this fake should copy the real missile or UAV to the maximum.
  9. HAM
    HAM 31 May 2013 08: 43
    +2
    And PEOPLE THEM THREE-DIMENSIONAL PI ----- WE WILL BE RIVET!
    1. Petrix
      Petrix 31 May 2013 14: 59
      0
      Quote: HAM
      And PEOPLE THEM THREE-DIMENSIONAL PI ----- WE WILL BE RIVET!

      Probably the cavalrymen laughed when rumors went about the appearance of tanks.
  10. olegff68
    olegff68 31 May 2013 08: 50
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    The US Navy plans to turn aircraft carriers into factories for the production of WHITE Slippers.
    Well, what is necessary for the troops (except for slippers and funeral boxes) can be printed on a printer ??? - a disposable rifle ?, the power element of an airframe (we will be happy) ?, bullets (the same as sticking out of shit) ?, paper clips, pots and spoons (the same achievement for me) ???
  11. v53993
    v53993 31 May 2013 08: 51
    +2
    Bullet from g ... on? Original.
    1. kotdavin4i
      kotdavin4i 31 May 2013 08: 56
      +2
      the main thing is to dry well and firmly press ...
      1. pensioner
        pensioner 31 May 2013 09: 00
        +2
        Hmm ... However, you can achieve the desired strength. Plus a psychological factor: it’s a shame to be wounded by shit (the murdered one will not know: what is it ...)
        1. Petrix
          Petrix 31 May 2013 15: 02
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          Conventional, chemical and information weapons in one bottle! Universality to be.
  12. Vtel
    Vtel 31 May 2013 08: 58
    +2
    Let the Yankees print 3D toilet paper rolls for themselves, they will probably need it soon!
  13. Jolla
    Jolla 31 May 2013 10: 09
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    So, it will already be called a large heavy printer carrier. Sounds menacing.
    They still need to think about flying printer carriers. or a shock flying group of printers.
    And in general, why create using printers, the intermediate step must be excluded. They need to remake them into large 3D killer printers. This is what you should be most afraid of ...
    1. yustas
      yustas 31 May 2013 10: 27
      +1
      Quote: Jolla
      3D killer printers

      They already have killer printers, the Fed is called =)
  14. nagi
    nagi 31 May 2013 10: 14
    0
    Isn’t it easier then to drive lead plates and cast bullets on an Aircraft carrier than to print them?
  15. alex67
    alex67 31 May 2013 10: 15
    -1
    WHAT WOULD THE CHILDREN NOT CARE, ONLY WOULD NOT ASK FOR THE VODKA laughing
  16. Straus_zloy
    Straus_zloy 31 May 2013 10: 36
    +5
    In vain you laugh. Of course, the printing of full-fledged weapons is not tomorrow or even the day after tomorrow, but:

    You can print electronics already:



    http://4pda.ru/2009/10/29/16640/

    http://beltronika.ucoz.ru/news/novyj_material_pomozhet_3d_printeram_pechatat_ehl

    ektroniku_doma / 2012-12-24-16

    http://polit.ru/article/2012/11/28/ponomarenko_ps/

    even if they can print not the most critical parts, and not carry them with them, this is a big benefit.

    In general, we are talking about a new method of production, which in the future (when finding suitable materials and technologies for bonding them) can even supplant machine tools in factories
    1. Metlik
      Metlik 31 May 2013 14: 03
      +1
      Cybernetics was also laughed at the time. Then they bite their elbows.
  17. KononAV
    KononAV 31 May 2013 19: 50
    0
    Crap won't be this
  18. Andrey Skokovsky
    Andrey Skokovsky 1 June 2013 15: 30
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    call them insanity, insanity is not in our interests, what they graze here is 200%
    why teach the enemy, the main thing is that ours do not rave.
    and the United States well done, what technologies they raise different, and inexpensive ....
    let them teleport there