If Gary is convinced, so am I:

A while ago I thought that small 3D printed drones would not really become a thing. I based this on weight and build size. I could not see how it could be made to work.

I was utterly wrong.

Stepan Dokoupil and Patrik Svida, of 3D Lab Print in the Czech Republic, have created works of art. Scale warbirds and a glider right now but it can only be a hop and skip to making unmanned aircraft that can be reproduced at a low cost as fast as your printer can print.

I cannot begin to imagine how many hours of work have gone into designing these machines.

The thought of being able to email an update of a design or indeed an entirely new design to somebody in the field is delicious. It would create an entirely new sort of relationship with drone designers and customers.

Regulators will also have something else to think about.

I’m convinced locally printed drones have a future. I am late to the party.

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Comment by Joe Renteria on December 6, 2016 at 3:59pm
Absolutely amazing...
Comment by Andrew Rabbitt on December 6, 2016 at 4:53pm

The 3Dlabprints guys have done an amazing job and I'm sorely temped with the P38, but their work has inspired me in the mean time to have a crack at printing my wing design, which I'll post about shortly.  Printing is underway although I'm still working on detail design of half of it.  Printing is a slooooow process at this scale.  Anyway I think they call it concurrency in the military-industrial complex...

Comment by RM Aviation on December 6, 2016 at 5:53pm
That p38 is a very nice machine!
I've been 3D printing aircraft for a while now, the trick is getting a lightweight but strong wing section comprised of multiple parts that most 3D printers can manage. These days I print the outer skin with abs or petg in 150mm sections with a special "joiner". These are strengthened by carbon spars which also hold the sections in place. Further strength is added by filling the airfoil with a special core material. These wings can then be smoothed with vapour or heat treatment for a really nice finish. 3d printing allows almost seamless integration of direct drive servos and motor mounts. By the way Andrew, I really like your design work on the hdwing3- very nice.
Comment by Jerry Giant on December 6, 2016 at 9:05pm

I have mine printed, but need 9 servos to complete the landing gear and control surfaces... this is huge under taking

Comment by JB on December 6, 2016 at 9:16pm


I really love the wing structure design.

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Comment by L9g on December 7, 2016 at 2:06pm

@Jerry Giant Very beautiful! What is the size and weight of the frame? Thanks!

Comment by Maxime C on December 7, 2016 at 3:16pm

Nice! What 3d printer do you use?

Comment by Jerry Giant on December 8, 2016 at 1:04am

Printing was done on an old home brewed prusa i3, and ultimaker 2 with modified e3d v6 head with a custom extruder. Don't try this at home unless you have at least 100 hours at disposal. these kinda design require huge amount of retraction to get the print done.

I have been doing 3D printing aircraft for years, 3d lab print is an elegant Full Print method and could run your wing load at 30-50g/dm, with 3000mAh battery but no spare for your avionics or payload, the good thing for these birds are very rigid in the sky when doing fast maneuver, but alway buy his latest model, theres also a learning curve himself, for some minor design improvement and print-bility.

Comment by Jerry Giant on December 8, 2016 at 1:13am

for spec plz refer to official website download the pdf


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