Four Ways 3D Printing May Threaten Security
"3D printers already produce everything from
prosthetic hands and engine parts to basketball shoes and fancy
chocolates. But as with any technological advance, new possibilities
come with new perils.
A new RAND paper, Additive Manufacturing in 2040: Powerful Enabler, Disruptive Threat, explores how 3D printers will affect personal, national, and international security. The paper is part of RAND's Security 2040 initiative, which looks over the horizon to anticipate future threats.
The same technology that might one day custom-print heart valves can
just as easily produce gun parts. The same machines that allow
astronauts on the international space station to print their own tools
might also help a state like North Korea print military or industrial
equipment to get around international sanctions...."