3 posts • joined Monday 4th October 2010 19:05 GMT
Re: I'm not sure...
That is, in fact, exactly how this type of 3D printing (it's not new) works: a layer of glue where layers need to adhere is printed (think printing in adhesive), the next rap layer is placed, lines are cut in that layer where parts need to be separate, then colour is printed around the edges (to save ink, though you could go for fully volumetric colour if needed), then more glue and the next layer.
It doesn't just work with paper, you can use acetate, Tyvek, etc.
Actually, there ARE nuclear directed energy weapons, or more like nuclear 'shaped charges' really: look up 'Casaba Howitzer', an offshoot of the specially designed gadgets for Project Orion. Basically, jamb a truncated cone of Beryllium oxide onto your device, top it with a thin disk of metal (e.g. Titanium), and that disk get's turned into a narrow lance of high velocity superheated plasma.
I suppose by carefully manipulating the orientation of this beam (or beams, you can shoot out a few of these from each device) with respect the the Earth's magnetic field as it sprays out charged particles you could maybe focus the resulting EMP somewhat, but you'd still need to deal with the EMP generated by the nuclear initiation itself, and I doubt you could focus it nearly as well as the 'Goldeneye' does.
That whole Cold War thing
AEGIS cruisers were designed to deal with swarms of >20 Moskit missiles (think: fuck-off-enormous bastard of a Russian cruise missile, almost the size of an F-16) travelling at mach 2.5 at around the same altitude as these ikranoplans. I don't think these Bavar are going to be any trouble to existing CIWS, let alone requiring huge lasers.
Not that I'm against more and huger lasers. Eventually they'll be big enough that you can just point them straight up and ride them to orbit.
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