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3D Printed Aircraft

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3D Printed Aircraft

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Engineers at University of Southampton in the UK have designed and 3D printed the world’s first 3D printed aircraft called SULSA (Southampton University Laser Sintered Aircraft).  All parts of the aircraft except an electric motor are 3D printed.  In July 2015, HMS Mersey, a vessel of the British Royal Navy launched the 3D printed aircraft as an exercise.  The 3D printed aircraft weighs 3 kgs and has a wingspan of 1.5 meters.  The aircraft is printed in four parts and can be assembled easily.  The aircraft carried a video camera to record its flight.  SULSA can be 3D printed for a cost of few thousand dollars.  SULSA demonstrates the ability to quickly 3D print aircrafts on and use them for short missions.

 

Southampton University News: Southampton engineers test fly printed aircraft off Royal Navy ship

 

Popular Science Article:  UK Engineers Print and Fly the World’s First Working 3-D Printed Aircraft

 

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3D Chocolate printer, Choc Creator from Choc Edge Ltd.

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3D Chocolate printer, Choc Creator from Choc Edge Ltd.

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Choc Edge is a  UK based company founded by Dr. Liang Hao and Christina Zheng.  Choc Edge launched the world’s first  3D chocolate printer called Choc Creator V1. They launched Choc Creator V2 in September 2014.  They recommend use of high-quality Belgian chocolate for 3D printing chocolate arts but other kinds of chocolate such as white chocolate and milk chocolate can be used as well.  Choc Creator can be used for printing on flat surfaces that are not higher than 3 centimeter.  Examples of chocolate creations available from Choc Edge’s website include face portraits, 2D designs, logos, among others.  The sophistication of the chocolate art creations printed using their 3D Chocolate Printer can be seen in the following example (http://www.chocedge.com/creations.php.)

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http://www.chocedge.com/3d-printing.php

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