About 75% of the world’s aircraft will fly with 3D printed components by 2021, according to Gartner. The other day the Financial Times reported the Australian company Titomic made a 3D printer the size of a bus that can print titanium aircraft components up to nearly 9m long.
3D printing enables the creation of more complex, lightweight structures than current manufacturing methods. Aircraft wings are highly complex surfaces, designed to wring the most lift-per-ounce, whether it’s the Concorde or a fixed-wing drone. There are still many things to be ironed out, but 3D printing may well bring more aerodynamic wings to drones. https://on.ft.com/2Kt8Sdb