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British Build 3D-Printed Fighter Jets Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Jan 5, 2014, 08:48 PM

To cut costs, the United Kingdom military plans to build a fleet of 3D-Printed fighter jets. 

The Guardian of London reports that, "British fighter jets have flown for the first time with parts made using 3D printing technology. BAE Systems said the metal components were successfully used on board Tornado aircraft that flew from the defence firm's airfield at Warton, Lancashire, in late December."

3D technology has already lowered the costs of manufacturing guns and ammo.

According to the Guardian, "The company said its engineers were using 3D technology to design and produce parts that could cut the Royal Air Force's maintenance and service bill by over £1.2m over the next four years."

Mike Murray, head of aircraft integration at BAE Systems Inc., is quoted as saying that, "and if it's feasible to get machines out on the front lines, it also gives improved capability where we wouldn't traditionally have any manufacturing support."

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