Wednesday, October 24, 2012


3-D-printed airplane takes to the skies

University of Virginia
The 3-D-printed unmanned aerial vehicle, "dressed" in the colors of University of Virginia.
3-D printers are already being used to create machine parts and small toys, but engineers have now used the technology to build an entire vehicle: a plastic, unmanned airplane that actually flies.
The plane, created by engineering students at the University of Virginia (U.Va.), has a 6.5-foot wingspan, and was made from assembled printed parts.
University of Virginia
University of Virginia engineer David Sheffler and students Steven Easter and Jonathan Turman pose with their 3-D printed plane.
The team tested their creation during four flights in August and early September at Milton Airfield near Keswick, Va. The aircraft, which is only the third 3-D-printed plane known to have been built and flown, achieved a cruising speed of 45 mph.
3-D printing is already proving to be a valuable tool in teaching students, said David Sheffler, an engineer at U.Va. who worked with students Steven Easter and Jonathan Turman to create the aircraft.
[How 3D Printing Could Become Commonplace]
“To make a plastic turbofan engine to scale five years ago would have taken two years, at a cost of about $250,000,” Sheffler said in a statement. “But with 3-D printing we designed and built it in four months for about $2,000. This opens up an arena of teaching that was not available before. It allows us to train engineers for the real challenges they will face in industry.”
— via University of Virginia

But beware, the feds already knuckled over the dude who wanted to build a 3d printed gun and made him "get all the permits".

Buy your 3d printer with cash or better yet build your own. Advertise only upon the results.

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