A team of aeronautical engineers from the University of Southampton are demonstrating the first fully 3d printed plane. The team believes that with the aid of 3D printing Unmanned Aircraft (UAVs) will be able to transform from design to reality in a matter of days.
“With 3D printing we can go back to pure forms and explore the mathematics of airflow without being forced to put in straight lines to keep costs down,” Andy Keane .
This event demonstrates the usefulness of modern day 3D printing for not only rapid prototyping but rapid or additive manufacturing. This new form of manufacturing frees designers and engineers for the limitation of the traditional manufacturing processes and allows them to design structures lighter and stronger than ever before. The only limitation now is their imagination!