Wichita State University in Kansas is taking an Army Black Hawk helicopter apart piece by piece, scanning each component to create a detailed three-dimensional model that could be be used for 3D printing, the head of Aviation & Missile Command told reporters this afternoon.
“We have a UH-60 Lima [that] we are currently disassembling,” AMCOM chief Maj. Gen. Todd Royar explained. “[For each] component, they’re scanning it, making a 3D model of it, putting it in a CAD [Computer-Aided Design] file… We’ll start to get those back in a couple of months.” Just how many different components are there in the UH-60L model of the Black Hawk ? “We expect to probably get about 20,000 structural parts, -ish, out of that,” Royar said. “We’ll take a look at it and evaluate every one” to see whether it can be safely and economically replaced […]
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