Saturday, August 6, 2011

It's printed and it flies!

Engineers fly world's first 'printed' aircraft
ScienceDaily (Aug. 2, 2011) — Engineers at the University of Southampton have designed and flown the world's first 'printed' aircraft, which could revolutionise the economics of aircraft design.

SULSA is the world's first 'printed' aircraft. (Credit: Project SULSA UAV)

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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