South Africa is the proud owner of the biggest 3D printer in he world and it prints… Aircraft parts.

Source: Business Insider

This colossal 3D printer is part of Project Aeroswift, a collaboration between SA company Aerosud Innovation Centre and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to produce complex and intricate aircraft parts made from titanium.

So how much does the titanium cost to fill the world’s largest 3D printer? A cool R 7, 5 million to fill the enormous tank. And that just to print Aircraft parts? No!

According to Marius Vermeulen, programme manager at Aeroswift, the current machine was built with a dual goal: produce parts and do R&D for new 3D printers which they are planning to make with this machine.

The future of 3D printing is bright and from what we see, made from 3D printed Titanium parts.

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