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If this plane crashes, its creators at the University of Southampton, in England, can just print out another one. Every bit of the unmanned aerial vehicle was printed on a nylon laser sintering machine—a 3-D printer that creates plastic or metal objects by building them up layer by layer.
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Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.