Successful trials involving the use of 3D printer-generated spare and repair parts for the
Recently demonstrated during a flight-test conducted from the companyÂs Warton site in Lancashire, the work included producing replacement support struts for the TornadoÂs air intake doors, protective guards for power take-off shafts and covers for its cockpit radios.
ÂEngineers are designing and producing 3D printed functional components at RAF Marham, which will cut the cost of repairs, maintenance and service to the
ÂYou can manufacture the products at whatever base you want, providing you can get a [3D printing] machine there,Â says
The RAF currently expects to retire its last Tornado GR4s in 2019, with the typeÂs ground-attack role to be assumed by the UKÂs future Lockheed Martin F-35Bs, and by incorporating new precision-guided weapons with its Eurofighter Typhoons.
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