New Scientist Features World’s First AM Plane
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.