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PREMIUM: Gripen 3D-printed hatch flight test proves successful

30th March 2021 - 13:45 GMT | by Tim Martin in London

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A Gripen fighter jet flight tests a new 3D-printed hatch (Photo: Saab)

A recent flight test using a 3D-printed hatch on Saab's Gripen fighter jet could lead to more efficient ways of repairing damaged aircraft on the frontline.

Saab has announced it has flight-tested a new 3D-printed Gripen hatch in a move aimed at supporting ‘battlefield damage repair’ processes.  

The flight, which took place at company facilities in Linköping, Sweden on 19 March, involved the Gripen’s original hatch being removed, scanned and replaced using a 3D-manufactured ...

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