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3D printed parts for fighter jets
This year, UK fighter jets have flown for the first time using parts created through 3D printing.
BAE Systems announced that metal components produced through the technology were successfully used in Tornado aircraft based at Warton, Lancashire. According to the firm, further development could bring down the Royal Air Force's maintenance and service bill by over £1 million in the next four years.
Mike Murray, head of airframe integration at BAE Systems, said:
"You are suddenly not fixed in terms of where you have to manufacture these things. You can manufacture the products at whatever base you want, providing you can get a machine there, which means you can also start to support other platforms such as ships and aircraft carriers."
Via: The Guardian
Image credit: BAE Systems
Bristol University students in the United Kingdom have been experimenting with 3D printing, and have unveiled the first machine capable of printing out useful, reliable ceramic objects. The 3D ceramic tableware printer prints a porcelain material which is touted as "superior" to what other printers on the market can produce. Taken commercially, such inventions could bring down both manufacturing cost and time of production.
Image credit: Bristol University
Size matters, at least to the makers of the Gigabot, a large format 3D printer capable of building objects 600mm x 600mm x 600mm, which is basically unheard of in today's desktop 3D printers.
After launching a Kickstarter campaign and reaching beyond $200,000 in funding, Gigabot creators re:3D hope to put a manufacturing-standard 3D printer in to the hands of small businesses worldwide.
Image credit: Gigabot