BAE predicts 3D printers able to create drones

Defence
contractor BAE Systems has said that on-board 3D printers for planes may one day be capable
of creating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones).

3dprinting.com and others report that the world’s second-biggest defence contractor has said the drone printers are a possibility in 25 years’
time.

“Of course we don’t
know exactly what sorts of aircraft technologies will be used in 2040 with any
certainty,” said Nick Colosimo, a futurist and engineering manager at the
company’s R&D team, according to The Guardian.

“But it’s great to
be able to show the public some concepts that might be possible through
projecting where today’s technology could get to.”

Other possibilities
raised by the company include large aircrafts made of UAVs that can split up
and reassemble, and self-healing aircraft parts.

Image: BAE