Archives for the category: 3D printed aeroplanes
May 6, 2015
More 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.
February 26, 2015
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]
The 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.
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July 16, 2014
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.
The 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.
January 28, 2014
An open-source community wants to fix your drone with 3D printed parts. Motherboard reports.
It’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.
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April 26, 2013
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.
April 19, 2013
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.
The 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.
October 5, 2010
The project stemmed from a video of a 3-D-printed plastic turbofan engine that the students posted on video-sharing site YouTube last spring.
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