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the world’s first ‘printed’ aircraft

Postby Jokey Smurf » Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:17 pm

Engineers at the University of Southampton have designed and flown the world’s first ‘printed’ aircraft, which could revolutionise the economics of aircraft design.

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. It was printed on an EOS EOSINT P730 nylon laser sintering machine, which fabricates plastic or metal objects, building up the item layer by layer.
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Re: the world’s first ‘printed’ aircraft

Postby K Smurf » Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:21 pm

I have heard of this technology before,

A site i frequent, that has a cool page that predicts where our civilization will stand in the next few years/ centuries & millennia actually referenced the technology to "print" 3D-objects, within a decade or so these devices should be about as usual as a normal household printer is now,

but it wouldn't print such vastly complex things ofcourse :P

It's interesting reading ^^
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Re: the world’s first ‘printed’ aircraft

Postby Don_Smurf » Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:28 pm

The process was shown on the tele a couple of days ago.("Click" on bbc news 24), it was very interesting to watch, there are 3 types of printers for this job,
a scanned image is first created then printed
1, the paper is cut out and pasted so built up in layers
2, resin based and very hot
3, cant remember
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