Saab Tests AM for Battle Damage Repairs on Gripen Fighter

Most of our aviation-related 3D printed stories focus on internal components hidden deep inside aircraft machinery, and most of those stories focus on metal printed components.

Swedish aircraft manufacturer Saab has given us something different to write about this week with the announcement that they have been testing plastic parts as on-the-fly repairs of battle damaged airframes.

You can see the 3D printed part attached to the Saab Gripen fighter in the picture below.
The AM part is the conspicuous white square panel that has been fitted to the aircraft skin.

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