• 3D design files are produced on land then emailed to engineers on a ship over a satellite link. The 3D printers are able to fabricate sophisticated drones, like quadcopters.
  • One issue is that certain electronic parts can't be 3D printed, like motors, radios, and other electronics. Those have to be on the ship when it heads out to sea and have to be assembled with the 3D printed parts. . Some Navy ships are already equipped with 3D printers for medical work.
  • The concept is that drones for specialized purposes can be created as those challenges come up.

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