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If you sat 1000 monkeys down at 1000 3D-printer Makerbots, would you eventually end up with an A-bomb?

Asked by elbanditoroso (22421points) August 16th, 2014

This is a modernized version of the question:

If you sat 1000 monkeys down at 1000 typewriters, would one of them eventually write the Bible?

My answer: it’s an incredibly low percentage possibility, but it’s not impossible.

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ragingloli's avatar

No, because they do not have access to weapons grade uranium, nor the eplosives to compress the urianium beyond critical mass.

dabbler's avatar

Well, no. Makerbots only print plastic at this time.
None of the 3-D printing technologies mix materials in the way you’d need for an A-bomb.
And certainly none of them currently print uranium or other fissable material.
...You could print some parts, though, that’s for sure.

gorillapaws's avatar

Yes, but not before they made the world’s largest 3d printed statue of David Hasselhoff.

flutherother's avatar

No because before that happened they will have typed out a message reading ‘We will make an atom bomb one day that will destroy us all. Please stop us’ together with a stamp and an envelope addressed to the UN.

Pachy's avatar

The chances are about the same as one monkey (or jelly) sitting down and writing a sillier question. ;-)

Eggie's avatar

You most certainly will

LuckyGuy's avatar

Nope. The hottest 3D printer I know can only do Titanium – nowhere near what is needed for an A bomb.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

3d printing plastic is old tech that just happens to be geek-chic right now for some reason. An A-bomb shell could be made out of plastic but no uranium = no boom. Monkeys would probably tear apart the makerbot before printing anything.

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