It was around 1440 that Johannes Gutenberg unleashed the printing press, an invention that brought exciting new opportunities along with daunting challenges. The press advanced the professionalization of militaries through the use of written doctrine, while at the same time spreading new ideas that helped to spur the wars of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. More than five and a half centuries later, a new type of printing promises to have similarly far-reaching effects on the world’s militaries—specifically, for our purposes here, navies.
Print Me a Cruiser!
The 3D printing revolution will radically change naval construction and logistics.
By Lieutenant Scott Cheney-Peters, U.S. Navy Reserve; and Lieutenant (j.g.) Matthew Hipple, U.S. Navy