A group of engineers and scientists working out of the University of Southampton have achieved a major breakthrough by effectively inventing, developing and launching the world's first fully 3D-printed aircraft.
This compact electric aircraft features body parts made by using a nylon laser sintering machine which is capable of building up components via layering. Once the components are created, they can easily be attached in a few minutes, before the electronics and motors are added.
This 3D-printed aircraft is not merely a concept project but is already being put into practical use, flying over Antarctica to study and establish routes for icebreaking ships. This in itself proves the efficacy and practical nature of 3D-printed aircraft, which could be used for a variety of autonomous projects.