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RAF jets fly with 3D printed parts

22 January 2014

A blue stylised jet wing and engine

The engineers at defence company BAE Systems have used 3D technology in producing metal components, including protective covers for cockpit radios and guards for power take-off shafts. The advantages of 3D printing include significant reduction in maintenance costs and greater flexibility in manufacturing locations. 

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This article explores 3D printing, including claims it is the future of manufacturing and controversy over the production of guns in the United States.

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  • Characteristics of technological outcomes: Use this and other examples to discuss the interactions between technological outcomes, people, and social and physical environments within particular socio-technological environments. (level 6)
  • Characteristics of technology: Use this and other examples to explain how different disciplines have impacted on technological practice. (level 6)

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Keywords: jets, 3D printing, characteristics of technology, characteristics of technological outcomes

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