1650lb 3D printed aircraft tool sets Guinness World Record – Network World

September 2, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ 3D Printed Articles

A 17.5 foot long, 5.5 foot wide and 1.5 foot tall the 3D printed aircraft design tool has earned the title of largest solid 3D printed item by Guinness World Records.

The 1,650 lb. apparatus known as a trim-and-drill tool is comparable in length to a large sport utility vehicle and will ultimately be tested for use in building the Boeing 777X passenger jet. Basically the tool will be used to secure the jet’s composite wing skin for drilling and machining before assembly according to researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ONRL) who developed the tool.

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ONRL said it printed the tool in only 30 hours using carbon fiber and ABS thermoplastic composite materials.