>Okay, I am proposing a change in the cost for Smart Materials ... I am tired of it being so damn cheap ... >
They are only cheap realtive to more costly vehilce's- a smart matarials micro-scimmer is overpriced (or just plain dumb).
Sounds like your peaved becuase most every performance vehicle would have it, at the price listed. Is that so wrong, if its a mature technology? I guess maybe, because its not listed on stock performance oriented and miltary vehicles in R2.
>Vehicular Design Point Cost = Body x 100 ... >Naval Vessel Design Point Cost = Hull x 5 x 100 ...
IMO, the actual cost of smart MATERIALS is pretty low- they are piezo plastics and other high tech compound materials, but not that much pricier than other engeniered materials.
OTOH, the ENGENEERING needed to design parts and such that use those materials well, is pricey. I believe they were generally described as self flexing laminate replacements for various vehicle structures.
Whats my point? Well, a small vehicle has more or less as many parts as a large one. The deisgn issues are similar (easier, due to lower mass, but similar). So lower body wouldn't save much on design, just some materials and production costs. Stock parts and surface treatments would alos be more "per unit" to aplly to smaller vehicles.
The numbers, the numbers... UM, maybe more like 100 x (sqrt body), to reflect that making bigger parts only increases cost so much, since you must pay for design and custom production in any case.
Naval vesels, I'm not so sure on, but similar principals may aplly.
OTOH, from what I know, If you start wanting REAL big custom parts, so few people can make them, the cost goes WAY up, so you may have it right.
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