3D printing. It offers an incredible new way to make all sorts of things — keys, shoes, intricate machines, chess boards, candy dispensers…yes, even guns. Some have called the advent of 3D printing the “democratization of manufacturing.”
Now wired.com reports that a research team at the University of Virginia has developed a hand-launched drone that could change the future for the U.S. military. It’s made from everyday pieces and parts, controlled by a cell phone, and can fly at over 100 mph.
In the works for three years, the aircraft, no bigger than a remote-controlled plane, can carry a 1.5-pound payload. If it crashes or needs a design tweak for a new mission, another one can be printed out in a little more than a day, for just $2,500. It’s made with off-the-shelf parts and has an Android phone for a brain.
You can see this remarkable 3D-printed plane — a UAV or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle called The Razor — in development and in action by clicking on the video above.
Image Credit: youtube | University of Virginia H/T: wired.com
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