British fighter partly assembled by 3D-printing, made a successful flight




British fighter partly assembled by 3D-printing, made a successful flight

Tornado GR4

3D-printing of firearms is prohibited in the UK, but it does not interfere with the armed forces of the country to use the technology for military purposes. Defense company BAE Systems reported that in December successfully tested fighter Tornado, which were used items printed on the 3D-printer .

Metal components were produced by BAE Systems at the military base of the Royal Air Force of Great Britain in Norfolk for four squadrons of Tornado GR4.

According to news agency “Bi-bi-si”, through the use of 3D-printing technology Air Force could save more than 1.2 million pounds sterling (approximately $ 2 million) over the next four years. The method of 3D-printing elements were fabricated cabins and PTO aircraft. Cost of some items is less than 100 pounds (163 dollars).

According to BAE Systems, the future 3D-printing can give more freedom Royal Air Force in the field of logistics. The technology allows to produce structural parts of military vehicles in any place where there is a corresponding 3D-printer.

Over the past few years 3D-printing technology is widespread. It is already being used to create artificial limbs, weapons and food . In September 2013, NASA announced that this year plans to launch into space 3D-printer that will help astronauts make spare parts and tools for spacecraft in weightlessness .
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