UK´s Ministry of Defence released the Future Operating Environment 2035 report.
The report was written by the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, a department within the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD). Additive manufacturing / 3D printing is mentioned a lot in the 60 page report.
The exact lines are:
Additive manufacturing (sometimes referred to as 3D printing), reverse engineering and greater innovation will increase the amount of illicit and unregulated technology transfer, exacerbating the threat to the UK.
Besides this dark side of 3D printing, the UK government sees the benefits in the logistic chains additive manufacturing can lead to. But most of the time the report states that 3D printing is a threat and can be used by terrorists.
These could be orchestratedby terrorists, who could equally draw upon conventional legacy equipment, additive printed weaponry or perhaps weapons of mass e ect.
But will 3D printing be really a threat to the security of people in 2035? Maybe – At this time affordable 3D printing technologies such as FDM/FFF can be used to print weapons that are likely to explode in your hand, before firing a bullet.