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New Scientist Features World’s First AM Plane

08 August 2011 ...

The prestigious ‘New Scientist’ magazine has featured ‘the world’s first printed plane’ in its 29 July 2011 issue.

A collaborative venture between The University of Southampton and 3T, the plane went from drawing board to flight in seven days – two days for design and five days to produce the component parts using plastic additive manufacturing.  The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) has a wing span of 1.2m and was made of four parts (two wings, a body and a nose cone) along with an internal component tray – all ‘printed’ using 3T’s AM technology.  The first flight of the UAV was captured on video by the New Scientist.

The 3T case study gives more background to the project.

Links:
Professor Andy Keane
Professor Jim Scanlan
University of Southampton – Aerospace Courses – MSc Unmanned Vehicle Systems Design

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