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Using aerospace 3d printing to build aerial drones

By Staff Writter

Using aerospace 3d printing to build aerial drones

Engineering

Aerial drones have been used in a number of applications ranging from war fighting to package delivery. Considering the emerging technology of aerospace 3d printing, it is only a matter of time before drones are manufactured using this method.

According to The Engineer, a group of designers at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Sheffield, Great Britain, have created a 1.5 meter wide prototype drone using 3d printing techniques. The drone weighs at two kilograms and is made of nine snap together parts, two wings, two elevons, two spars, two wing end fences and a central spine. The pieces were made of a thermoplastic called ABS-M30 using a 3D printing technique called fused deposition modelling (FDM),

Thus far the prototype has only been tested as a glider. But the designers hope to create a model with a small engine, a GPS system, cameras, and a joy stick control system using virtual reality goggles to control the vehicle. The designers hope to build a version that is three meters wide and is made of nylon with an adhesive to hold it together.

The advantages of using 3d printing technology to build drones includes build times of hours rather than days and the ability to create vehicles that are lighter and more durable. These versions of aerial drones would be built and deployed within 24 hours and would be so cheap that they could be disposable. They could be built in remote areas and used for aerial searches and other purposes that larger, more expensive models built by more traditional means would not be needed.