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F-22 Raptor receives 3D-printed metallic part for the first time

F-22 Raptor receives 3D-printed metallic part for the first time

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Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A metallic 3D-printed part has been installed on an operational F-22 Raptor for the first time, which the Air Force hopes will lower costs and reduce maintenance time. The new titanium part for the cockpit, which was installed by the 574th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Hill Air Force Base in Utah on Wednesday, replaces conventional aluminum ones, the Air Force said in a news release. "One of the most difficult things to overcome in the F-22 community, because of the small fleet size, is the availability of additional parts to support the aircraft," Robert Lewin, 574th AMXS director, said in a statement. The Air Force noted 3D printing allows for replacement parts on short notice without minimum order quantities. The printed bracket, which won't corrode, is made from a...