UAVs and 3D printing - A match made in heaven?

Have just seen the following article on The Register:

 

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/07/28/sintered_aircraft/

 

Ok, so it is a touch pricey (£5000), but not so long ago, 3D printing was silly expensive. Then came RepRap and the others.

 

More information from New Scientist: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20737-3d-printing-the-worlds-...

 

I have to say that it looks quite nice too.

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3D Robotics
Comment by Julian on July 28, 2011 at 8:50am

Seriously amazing. Solidworks + Laser 3D printer = never leaving my room again.

Comment by DaveyWaveyBunsenBurner on July 28, 2011 at 11:55am
Awesome! 3d printing has an amazing future!!!!
Comment by Ritchie on July 28, 2011 at 2:49pm

£17,000 a few years back got you 10"x10"x10" and cost loads to do (iPod dock = £80 material)

£1,000 for rep rap (first built in Bath Uni only 15 minutes from my house) with 10"x10"x10" and £240/km worth of printing.

 

My friend that does my laser cutting has both the above and his laser but finding valid reasons to use this stuff is harder than it looks. I have access and have only had a few ideas done (and one included the parts for a reprap).


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Comment by John Arne Birkeland on July 28, 2011 at 3:01pm

Definitively something for the future. I wonder how it compares to a more traditional wood/fiberglass design in terms of weight and strength.

Comment by MarcS on July 28, 2011 at 4:45pm

Yes, 3D printing is coming!

John, I have a big helicopter cannopy here, printed. Wouldn´t believe it´s possible, when the designer told me... Compared to fiberglass it´s heavier and less robust (the layers of the printing can and do break apart)

But for a prototype is was cheaper in the end then building a classical mold. And thats where I see the market at the moment. Working prototypes.

But there is more to come. I rad that the big companies are working on sintering titanium... Pint your fighter jet :-)

Comment by Rana on July 28, 2011 at 6:00pm

Awesome ! It will revolutionize our world of small UAV's 

 

Comment by Ryan on July 28, 2011 at 11:48pm

I've been using it for awhile now. Very expensive process though especially if you want big bits like wings!

 

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