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Amaze project aims to take 3D printing ‘into metal age’

The European Space Agency has unveiled plans to “take 3D printing into the metal age” by building parts for jets, spacecraft and fusion projects.

The Amaze project brings together 28 institutions to develop new metal components which are lighter, stronger and cheaper than conventional parts.

Additive manufacturing (or “3D printing”) has already revolutionised the design of plastic products.

Printing metal parts for rockets and planes would cut waste and save money.

The layered method of assembly also allows intricate designs – geometries which are impossible to achieve with conventional metal casting.

Parts for cars and satellites can be optimised to be lighter and – simultaneously – incredibly robust.

via BBC News.