Archives for the category: 3D printed aeroplanes

May 6, 2015

Airbus had 1,000 parts 3D printed to meet deadline

_82777334_a350landing.jpgMore than 1,000 parts on the Airbus A350 XWB jet were 3D printed with materials that only recently became available to use with the technique. The BBC reports.

It means the aircraft has more 3D printed parts than any other before it.

One expert said it was a significant step because new lightweight materials could be used and produced to airline safety standards.

Stratasys, which manufactured the parts, said it had reduced production time and costs.

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February 26, 2015

Australia creates 'world first' 3D-printed jet engines

aust_3212452b.jpg Australian researchers say they have created two jet engines using 3D printing in what is described a world-first that has attracted the interest of major manufacturers and engineering firms. [via The Telegraph]

quotemarksright.jpgThe machines - produced using the template of a gas turbine engine from French aircraft engine maker Safran, which supplies Airbus and Boeing - demonstrated the potential 3D printing had to produce high-quality products, researchers from Melbourne's Monash University said.

"The significance... is the recognition by major manufacturers and engineering companies like Safran and Airbus that the material you can print using 3D metal printing is of aircraft quality and I think that's hugely significant," the university's Ian Smith told AFP.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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July 16, 2014

New Drone Equipped with 3D printer Will Create Mini-Drones Throughout Mission

The British defense business BAE Systems and the Ministry of Defense released information that future drones will have the ability to create mini-drones throughout a mission and be armed with laser cannons. SMNow reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe on board 3d printer will produce mini-drones that will repair damage to the mother drone. Undoubtedly, the drone will have the ability to print mini-weaponized drones as well.

Engineers from BAE suggest that installing a printer aboard an aircraft which would allow printing full-scale drones mid-flight as well.

BAE believes this could create “the ultimate adaptable task force, with a lead aircraft able to enter any unknown scenario and quickly manufacture an effective tool set for any task” the UK Guardian reports.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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January 28, 2014

3D-Print replacement parts for your (broken) drone

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 5.23.28 PM.png An open-source community wants to fix your drone with 3D printed parts. Motherboard reports.

quotemarksright.jpgIt’s increasingly common for commercial drone companies to leave the sale of replacement parts up to third-party dealers. If you break a propeller on a DJI drone—a company which doesn’t sell replacement parts on its website—you have to go to a site like Helipal, where a set of two carbon propellers will cost you $21.90 plus shipping.

Joshua Allen Johnson’s solution at is to get it 3D printed instead. CAD Drones is an open-source community that connects customers with CAD designers and 3D printing companies to make bespoke parts for whichever bit of their drone they smashed into a wall. He said the same propeller would cost roughly five dollars in materials. quotesmarksleft.jpg

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April 26, 2013

GE's aviation division to mass-produce a 3D printed a fuel nozzle for use in jet engines

GE's aviation division, the world's largest supplier of jet engines, is to use 3D printing technology to produce a fuel nozzle for use in jet engines. This will be the first big test to mass-produce a critical compoent to be used in thousands of jet engines.


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April 19, 2013

World's first 3D-printed aircraft flies in the UK

aircraft_3d_domain-b.jpg Engineers at the University of Southampton have designed and flown the world's first 'printed' aircraft, which could revolutionise the economics of aircraft design. domain-b reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe SULSA (Southampton University Laser Sintered Aircraft) plane is an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) whose entire structure has been printed, including wings, integral control surfaces and access hatches.

It was printed on an EOS EOSINT P730 nylon laser sintering machine, which fabricates plastic or metal objects, building up the item layer by layer. No fasteners were used and all equipment was attached using 'snap fit' techniques so that the entire aircraft can be put together without tools in minutes.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 4:37 PM | permalink

October 5, 2010

Students design and fly 3D-printed plane

3D_plane_and_creators.jpeg Engineering students at the University of Virginia have designed and built a working plane using a 3-D printer. GMA News reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe project stemmed from a video of a 3-D-printed plastic turbofan engine that the students posted on video-sharing site YouTube last spring.

The plane, with a 6.5-foot wingspan, was made from assembled printed parts, with the students putting in 80-hour workweeks, "with many long nights in the lab."

It is only the third 3-D printed plane known to have been built and flown, the University of Virginia said in a news release.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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Related article: Build and fly a DIY open source 3D plane - PSFK

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