It seems that we are used to talking only about the United States Army when referring to the use of 3D printing in the manufacture of certain weapons. In this case, taking advantage of the fact that it is very current, we have to talk about how North Korea It seems to have started a program where several teams of engineers and designers are working with this type of novel technology to demonstrate that its use can be very interesting.
Before continuing, let me tell you that in this post we don't want to delve into whether or not it is more appropriate for certain armies from different countries to be able to use this technology in the manufacture of their weapons, while other countries should be vetoed. access to this technology since, personally I think so, weapons, weapons are, and are just as badly in the hands of each other.
North Korea may be using 3D printing to make its new generation of military weapons
As for the advantages North Korea can see in the use of 3D printing to manufacture their latest generation weaponsAs has been commented on other occasions, we have to considerably reduce development cycles, reduce costs and even reduce the personnel required for manufacturing.
Now, the truth is that North Korea, due to its peculiar way of operating internally in terms of developing new technologies, we assume that it is not as up-to-date and does not have as much capacity as the rest of the countries that use it today. technology. We say this since, as a reminder, in 2016 The country presented its first 3D printer to the public, a model that was literally a copy of a first generation MakerBot Replicator.
As a final detail, tell you that, although the country has very restricted access to international technologies, the truth is that, as pointed out by Asia Times, there's some chance that North Korea has found a way to access industrial 3D printers so they could be much more advanced than we imagine.