The recently-developed technology called 3-D printing is advancing so rapidly that it is amazing. This advancing technology has major ramifications for how the world “makes things.” It is clearly going to change the world’s commercial and manufacturing industries, and it will revolutionize many aspects of both military and civilian industries. This technology is progressing far quicker than I think any of us could have imagined to be possible.
The first two links (one, two) describe the development of 3-D printers in Australia that can make jet engines! It is also reported that the ramifications of this development is already being appreciated by the world’s nations and large corporations. The links note that such corporations as Boeing, Airbus, and Raytheon are taking an interest in it, as are nations themselves. When I initially saw the first two links, I thought they were depicting mere plastic “mock-ups” of what a 3-D printed jet engine would look like as 3-D printers have used plastic resins in previously reported usages. I wondered about such obvious factors as tensile strength, heat tolerance, etc. would enable a plastic jet engine to perform safely. After some Internet research, I found the final two links (three, four) which I think readers will find most interesting. It appears that we are far past the days when 3-D printers had to use plastic resins to make objects. 3-D printers can now make metallic objects with metallic properties. The third and fourth links demonstrate that what would have been regarded as “science fiction” not long ago is now actual fact.
Think of the applications and ramifications of wide scale use of 3-D metallic printers in industrial usages. We may be heading for a world where the old-fashioned, large-factory assembly lines become as obsolete as buggy-whips. If 3-D printers can make metallic objects and these objects can be tooled to fit together to make large metallic systems, then a portable 3-D printer essentially becomes a moveable “factory” in its own right. It simply needs a steady supply of the raw metallic powders to construct proper programmed alloys for needed specifications. The military applications are almost limitless. Spare parts for warplanes, tanks, artillery pieces and the ammunition for all kinds of weapons and calibers can be manufactured “on the spot” wherever a 3-D printer is pre-positioned. We have all seen many documentaries of the World War II bombing raids on Nazi Germany’s factories to degrade its war-making abilities. In a future war, any nation with sufficiently-sophisticated 3-D printers can hide “factories” in all kinds of locations (including deep underground) and move them as necessary. In theory, any kind of plastic or metallic civilian product could be made with 3-D printers. At what point will we no longer need human beings on assembly lines to “make things?”
Let’s ask some even more serious questions. It is now evident that metallic objects can be made with 3-D printers. Can any kind of metallic object be made with the right kind of raw material metallic “powders?” Will it be possible to “make” uranium objects in a 3-D printer suitable for use in a nuclear bomb construction? Will it be possible to make toxins and poisons? Will future 3-D printers be able to make enriched uranium cores? If so, nations won’t need uranium centrifuges to make nuclear weapons, and nuclear proliferation could skyrocket to a point where many nations and non-state entities have nuclear capabilities. 3-D printers will have all kinds of legitimate, helpful applications. For example, one of the links cites that 3-D printers could “make” an exactly-fitting artificial prosthetic device for a patient in a surgery.
How long will it be until 3-D printing technology is mated to “invisibility” technology to make objects that will appear to be invisible to the naked eye? Think of what could be done with “invisible” surveillance equipment or explosives, for example. It has been reported in many media reports that ISIL, the terrorist army based in Syria and Iraq, is very tech-savvy, and that it has lots of money. How soon will it be until ISIL (or any other terrorist group) gets its hands on advanced 3-D printers and makes its own weaponry and bombs instead of having to buy it on the black market? Will 3-D printers be used to make masks or dummy “faces” that can be put on clandestine agents’ heads to infiltrate secure facilities, conduct “false flag” operations and “frame” innocent people by making it look like “they” did things they didn’t actually do?
I think it is clear that 3-D printers will need to have strict security controls on them regarding their sale and use so they are not devoted to nefarious purposes.
What apparently is not yet being done is making organic products with 3-D printers. Will 3-D printers be used to make food from amino acid “powders” as their base substance? Will such food be safe to consume? If we reach that point, we will have achieved the technology depicted by the “replicators” on Star-Trek movies and TV-shows. Indeed, given what is being admitted publicly about how far 3-D printer technology has advanced, I wonder what has been achieved in very secret labs that cannot be talked about or released to the public.
The 3-D printer technology is also powerfully affirming several biblical prophecies. Daniel 12:4 prophesies that “knowledge will be increased” in the latter days just prior to Divine intervention and the advent of the Messianic Age. As I’ve noted in previous posts, the Hebrew word translated “increased” in Daniel 12:4 is the same word used to describe how the waters “increased” during the Deluge of Noah’s time (Genesis 7:17). In other words, it means the latter days of our current age will witness an exponential knowledge increase. This prophecy is certainly being fulfilled. In Matthew 24:37, Jesus Himself prophesied that the latter days of our age would mirror the pre-Flood world of Noah’s time. Combining these two prophecies, it means that the pre-Flood civilization of Noah was also a time when technological knowledge “increased” exponentially. Many cable-TV programs and documentaries document that ancient civilizations were far more advanced technologically than anyone ever imagined. This validates biblical prophecy and narratives. For more on the technologies of the pre-Flood world, I suggest you listen to my free audio message entitled: As It Was in the Days of Noah. I gave that presentation before a live audience in about 1989, so some comments may “date” it to that time period. Such high-tech ancient artifacts as the pyramids of Giza, Stonehenge and other stone circles, the etched figures at Nazca, Peru, etc. may have had purposes far beyond what modern commentators speculate about.
Another biblical prophecy that is being fulfilled is Genesis 11:6. That passage cites God watching the post-Flood civilization of mankind developing rapidly and observing that “now nothing will be restrained from them that they have imagined to do.” God herein acknowledged that mankind at Babel had already reached a knowledge “tipping point” where they would inevitably replicate all the advanced pre-Flood technologies which were destroyed during the Deluge. Obviously, what mankind was building at Babel was not a tall ziggurat of mud bricks. Mankind was building a tall, erect structure of some kind which had a head-most or top-most portion that would “reach unto heaven.” That sounds like a description of a rocket or missile hurling a nose cone into orbit, but utilizing the low-tech vocabulary which Moses had available to him when he wrote/compiled the Torah. That post-Flood mankind was replicating pre-Flood technologies so quickly after the Deluge makes we wonder if there were very advanced 3-D printers on the Ark which were put to use soon after the Flood waters subsided.
Mankind, I believe, has now reached the same “tipping point” of sophisticated knowledge that was attained by both the pre-Deluge civilization and the immediate post-Deluge civilization prior to Babel where “nothing will be restrained” from modern mankind which it has “imagined to do.” There is much more that could be said on this topic, but this is enough for one post. I hope that you have found this to be thought-provoking.