Aircraft’s and spaceships parts was probably one of the first applications though of when the development of 3D Printing was going on. But now a seemingly unthought of but brilliant application has been gaining popularity, 3D Printed Drones.
While we have seen a lot of 3D printed drones, what makes the prototype we are talking about today special, is the fact that, it is the World’s First 3D-Printed, Jet-Powered UAV.
Unveiled at the Dubai Airshow, this drone has been developed by Aurora Flight Sciences and Stratasys Ltd & claims to be the largest and most complex UAV ever created using 3D printing.
The drone body consists of a wingspan of 9 feet (3 m) and weighs only 33 lb (15 kg), with over 80 percent 3D printed parts & the amazing ability to reach speeds of up to 150 mph (241 km/h).
The company has said that they have created this drone using a special 3D-printing process called Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) that allows for the production of large yet lightweight objects on a large scale.
With 3D Printed Jet Powered Drones a reality now, we can expect larger & faster drones to be developed using this process that have exceptionally long flight times owing to their specially designed power systems & light weight.