Virginia-based Aurora Flight Services, a company specializing in advanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in partnership with 3D printing solutions company StrataSys, has developed the world’s first jet-powered, 3D printed aircraft.
With speeds topping 150 mph, this is no ordinary aircraft. The 33-pound lightweight craft also has a 9-foot wingspan and is made up using 80% 3D-printed parts.
According to Dan Campbell, an Aerospace Engineer at Aurora Flight Services, the UAV is the most complex drone of its kind precisely due to the parts involved in making up the aircraft. The printed materials include metal, nylon and UV-resistant thermoplastic.