Royal Air Force Tornado Fighter Jets Flying with 3D Printed Technology
(BBC) The Royal Air Force’s Tornado fighter jets have flown with parts made using 3D printing technology. The metal components were used in test flights from BAE’s airfield at Warton, Lancashire, late last month. The parts include protective covers for cockpit radios and guards for power take-off shafts. BAE engineers are producing the parts for four squadrons of Tornado GR4 aircraft at RAF Marham in Norfolk – with some parts costing less than £100. It is hoped the technology could cut the RAF’s maintenance and service bill by over £1.2m over the next four years.