"Most any printer should work for a quadcopter, provided the build volume is large enough. ABS and PLA are both good materials for simple quadcopters. For larger quadcopters, use carbon tubes to connect the body with motor mounts."
"Great List of suggested upgrades! Although I too like and continue to enjoy the X8, it is not perfect nor is it well suited for composites. At Kashmir World Foundation we have created a much improved blended wing body aircraft that…"
Sounds like we have a similar design "trick." To make "tough" aircraft, we place FDM printed sacrificial sections behind nylon SLS surfaces at "impact zones." A 1.5mm thick SLS nylon surface will…"
Congratulations for having achieved many flights on an FDM airframe. You must be a great pilot! At Kashmir-Robotics we build planes to survive "hard" landings. FDM tends to crush, often dramatically, on hard landings yielding small…"
Most any 3D printer, process, or vendor will provide adequate quality for small fixtures or other simple parts. If you want to build your own 3D printer, I suggest you purchase a kit on eBay. If you want to purchase a small 3D…"
"Best option may be able to print two new winglets. Aerodynamic forces are so low on the winglets, that you can print them out of cheap ABS or PLA using the lowest density setting. You can thin them up compared with the original foam…"
The Wells Fargo Bank of Great Falls honored Princess Aliyah with a Community Partner Grant for her efforts in bringing the world together in a Challenge to save rhinos from extinction. Princess Aliyah is CEO of Kashmir Robotics and sponsor of the Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge. Its goal is to develop UAVs…See More
"First step would be to measure or estimate your power consumption, then calculate the surface area you would need to generate that power with about 20% conversion. Then take into account the extra mass associated with the solar sheets and associated…"
Drones can play a key role in countering poaching and other wildlife crimes that threaten endangered species. In response to President Obama’s Executive Order on Wildlife Protection, Kashmir-Robotics is hosting the Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge to foster innovation and invention in the design, fabrication, and utilization of unmanned aircraft to assist with counter poaching and illicit wildlife trafficking. It calls on students, hobbyists, academics, and corporations to cooperate in a…See More
Both the FDM (Stratasys Fortus Ultem) and SLS (carbon filled polyamides from SolidConcepts) we have used for X8 sized blended wings yield no discernible surface roughness, although grooves could be added to minimize drag for low…"
It only takes a few hours to print an X-8 sized aircraft using SLS. (It takes about 36 hours with FDM.) The principal hurdle is cost. Glass filled or carbon filled nylon is expensive and only a few production facilities are…"
"There are several composite blended wings available including fiberglass and carbon fiber. One is now in service in Africa supporting counter poaching missions. Optimized composite blended wings have a somewhat different shape as…"
"In response to President Obama’s Executive Order on Wildlife Protection, Kashmir-Robotics is hosting the Wildlife Conservation unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Challenge to foster innovation and invention in the design, fabrication, and…"
The Wells Fargo Bank of Great Falls honored Princess Aliyah with a Community Partner Grant for her efforts in bringing the world together in a Challenge to save rhinos from extinction. Princess Aliyah is CEO of Kashmir…