Taking 3D printing one step further.

Ever imagened printing a whole car or airplane?

Well.. now some clever southhampton engineers have proven that you would be able to if you really wanted to. They have printed all the parts in a UAV (Unmanned Arial Vehicle) except for the power plant.

Sulsa

SULSA University of Southampton

The interesting fact about this is that the process of 3D printing allows the designer to create shapes and structures that would normally involve costly traditional manufacturing techniques. For this particular craft Geodetic structures have been designed and printed.These structures would be other wise very costly and time consuming to make.
What’s next you ask?
What about printing a whole full size aircraft? Well.. Let’s just start with the wing first then..

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