To participate in armed conflicts of the future, the military strives to learn how to quickly adapt to a changing situation. One of the major problems is the time spent on the design, production and delivery of new machinery and equipment. Some militaries are already trying to use 3D printing to create new weapons and machine parts, but Professor Lee Cronin of the University of Glasgow has proposed an even more advanced technology.
Together with BAE Systems, Cronin is developing a so-called Chemputer or "chemical computer" that will be able to grow drones and small drones in a field laboratory.
Despite the fact that individual parts of the drones still have to be 3D printed, the production of the main components is planned to be carried out using chemical synthesis, which will significantly speed up the process.
In fact, this technology is still more like science fiction, and it still has a long way to go to translate into reality. Professor Cronin himself admits that building drones using this method "will be very difficult." However, work on an "autonomous digital synthesizing machine", as the BBC has already dubbed the project, will bring the future closer.