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3D printing for fighter jets

It is well know that fighter jets are quite expensive… until you can print one out! Britain’s Royal Air Force have for the first time test flown a tornado fighter jet using parts made with a 3D printer. BAE Systems confirmed on Monday that some of the metal components used to build the metal bird on the sky were simple print outs using a 3D technology. BAE test flew the Tornado aircraft from the defense firm’s airfield at Warton in Lancashire last month. RAF said on Monday that using 3D to produce parts will cut down maintenance and service bill by £1.2m over four years. Britain’s Home Office has confirmed it will not ban 3D printers. Fears have been raised over consequences of using 3D technology, after in the US more than 100,000 plans for a plastic gun known were downloaded within hours. But arms controls in the UK are far greater, and the possibilities of 3D printing are too important to be banned. Meanwhile, the UK is working on other projects to ensure 3D printing fits into the military.

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