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Your F-35s need spare bits? Computer says we'll have you sorted in... a couple of years

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"a metal part would probably needs replacing once a year, which you can just make in 2 hours on a 3d printer"

I fear you do not understand the limitations of 3d printers.

Currently very few strong parts can be made with them, and those which can probably take a lot more than 2 hours. The Bugatti brake caliper takes 45 hours to print, then has to be heat treated, then undergoes a mechanical treatment, and then needs another 11 hours to CNC finish.

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