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Roper says that 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, can produce many of the parts for which the Air Force finds itself desperate, from C-5 gasket handles to F-15 longerons. “If I need two or three parts for a B-52,” he says, “I can just turn that over to one of our printers.” In the past few years, the Air Force has made thousands of parts this way, and it can work for just about anything made of metal or plastic. Composite and carbon fiber could work too, even circuit boards.
originally posted by: TaninimLong
a reply to: grey580
Forgive my ignorance, but I do believe 3D printer can only print plastic objects.
You would get in trouble if suddenly you need a metal part.
I would also question the reliability of those pieces, on the long term.
Still $300 for a toilet seat cover made with 3D printing, not cheap but less than it used to be:
originally posted by: Lysergic
But will they still be charged an insane amount for the part or will it finally be what its suppose to be?
It seems to me that there is no way to justify a $10,000 price tag for a toilet seat lid. It's just not credible. It needs scrutiny," the senator said.
Roper said 3D printing would lower the cost to $300 per part.