3D printing works good for cheap plastic pieces that break. Right now that’s about it.
Can someone explain 3-D printing to me. I’ve read various articles on it, but I don’t see a big difference between current molds, dies, and other older devices used in manufacturing.
There must be something I’m missing.
That's just not true. 3D printing produces strong, lightweight parts that can see long-term use under harsh field conditions.
I can see some immediate applications for relief/contour maps and overlays, and bringing the sandtable into the XXI Century.
Vehicle air filters could be another possiblity, as could be tearaway protective lenses over vehicle headlights, armored vehicle sighting and night vision equipment, and other equipment that really shouldn't be etched or scoured by wind-driven sand or covered in mud.
Might be a couple of possibilities in EOD applications as well. Oh, Squantos....