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Is It Possible To GROW Planes And Vehicles?

It takes a lot of just-in-time manufacturing and planning to bring tens of thousands of parts together, fitting perfectly, to manufacture an aircraft or vehicle. What if we could just grow what we wanted?

Science fiction writer Greg Bear describes this idea in his 2015 novel Killing Titan:

These organic compounds will provide plenty of the raw materials used by our weapon and vehicle seeds to double and even triple their present mass...

"These are your rudimentary seed packages," Bueller says. "Some will combine in place to form more complicated structures, like excavators or centipedes. Others will take more time and grow out to full size by themselves, mostly the vehicles supporting big weapons - zap guns, ionics, penetrators.
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