October 15, 2013 | Luke

It seems that nowadays everyone wants in on 3D printing. The European Space Agency's new AMAZE project aims to 3D print metal parts for aviation. What's the advantage? These parts would be stronger and lighter than current technology.

Because 3D printers only use the exact amount of material they need, they would also reduce waste of expensive metals which is good for design and the environment. But will cheaper plane parts mean cheaper flights?

The exhibition 3D: printing the future is now open at the Science Museum.

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This capsule from the ESA Mars Sample Return project was 3D printed.

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Image: Science Museum/Jennie Hills

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