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Nov
2016

GE Aviation fires up engine made from 35 percent printed parts

The new Advanced Turboprop (ATP) has more printed parts than any previous airplane engine

3D printing has come a long way since it was big news when a single printed part was certified for use in an aircraft. General Electric Aviation has gone considerable further as it develops its Advanced Turboprop (ATP) for installation in the Cessna Denali single-engine turboprop aircraft. The new engine will have over 35 percent 3D printed parts. According to GE, this has resulted in a drastic reduction in the number of parts, a five percent weight savings, and a one percent increase in fuel efficiency.

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Category: Aircraft

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Nov
2016

Northop Grumman to build laser beam control system for future aircraft

Northrop Grumman will help the U.S. Air Force mature its plans to use directed energy systems ...

Northrop Grumman announces it will help the US Air Force to develop a new defensive weapon to be installed in existing and future aircraft. The contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) will be for the company will develop and build a beam control system for the Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD) program.

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Category: Military

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Nov
2016

Changing the shape of wing design using “digital materials”

In the team’s new approach, the whole shape of the wing can be changed, and twisted ...

A team from MIT and NASA led by Neil Gershenfeld is developing a new type of "morphing" wing that rather than using conventional flaps, changes its shape. This new wing is made up of overlapping strips that could be assembled by small robots, resulting in aircraft that are simpler to build, use less fuel, and boast improved agility.

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Category: Aircraft

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Nov
2016

A look at Sombra’s early concepts and her legendary skins

Blizzard (finally) officially announced Overwatch's newest hero, Sombra, at BlizzCon 2016 today, revealing her abilities and her origin story as an orphaned victim of the Omnic Crisis turned cybernetically-enhanced hacker. During a panel at BlizzCon, Overwatch's creative leads walked BlizzCon attendees through Sombra's design, revealing her earliest concepts and the alternate skins players will be able to unlock.

While Sombra is the game's newest hero, she's been in development in various...

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Nov
2016

TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Nekosan’

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game

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