First “Printed Aircraft” Flown

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Engineers from University of Southhampton made and flew the first “printed aircraft ever.” The plane is an unmanned air vehicle (UAV). The entire structure of the plane was printed including the control surfaces, access, hatches, and even the wings. During the build of it, no fasteners were used and all the equipment was “snapped in” so it could be put together within minutes. The plane is electric, has a top speed of almost 100 mph, and has a 2 meter wing-span. The plane was printed on an EOS EOSINT P730 nylon laser sintering machine. These amchines create plastics or metals, by building the object layer by layer.

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