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Old Aug 03, 2011, 09:14 PM
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UK Engineers Print and Fly the World's First Working 3-D Printed Aircraft

Hope this hasn't been posted already but imagine printing any aircraft you could imagine!

http://www.popsci.com/technology/art...inted-aircraft
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Old Aug 03, 2011, 09:23 PM
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Pretty cool. Besides the motor, you can't print batteries yet.

I am doing a little work with this tech. It is hot. I still prefer balsa though.

Only plastic for small parts. It's too heavy. Unless really thin.
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Old Aug 04, 2011, 08:47 PM
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Im pretty sure thats not the first. People have been printing helicopters for a while now. Its still cool though.
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Old Aug 05, 2011, 01:15 AM
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Im pretty sure thats not the first. People have been printing helicopters for a while now. Its still cool though.
Probably so...but I'd love to see cheap consumer based 3-d printers. Then we could make our own custom parts.

I know there are some Makerbot 3-d printer kits out there but I think they are still pricey.
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Old Aug 05, 2011, 10:32 AM
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Shapeways.com does somewhat cheap printing.
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Old Aug 06, 2011, 08:05 PM
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Shapeways.com does somewhat cheap printing.
Awesome..thanks for the link!
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Old Aug 12, 2011, 08:32 AM
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at school we have a makerbot.. should try to print an airplane
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Old Aug 16, 2011, 02:12 AM
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Excuse me! What is new in this aircraft/project? I see no new thing! May I ask you to explain more [just a bit].

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Old Aug 16, 2011, 08:25 AM
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3D printing is an exciting process that can make plastic parts from any CAD drawing.

Not just planes. Anything. Plastic is heavy, but with proper use can be helpful.

Look up MakerBot to see a machine that is about $1000. Of course cannot make
that big of parts.
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