Video: 1st Ever 3D-Printed Drone Soars in 150 MPH
Another ‘first’ box was ceremoniously checked earlier this week when the first jet-powered, 3D-printed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was launched into the air.
Aurora Flight Sciences, an American manufacturer, worked on creating the drone for nine months. It is made of 80% printed parts, and was created using Stratasys’ technology – ULTEM™ 9085, a strong and lightweight material perfect for the project. With a 9 ft wingspan, weighing 33 lbs and able to fly for about 5 minutes, this is probably the most complex UAV ever printed. If that’s not enough, according to AFS it was also built about 50% faster than previous projects.
AFS presented their drone in the Dubai International Airshow, where the vehicle reached a record-breaking speed of 150 MPH at one point. Watch this video by Stratasys to hear about the project’s goals and challenges from AFS aerospace research engineer Dan Campbell.
Passionate about entrepreneurship & helping entrepreneurs, and inspired by the ever-changing digital space, and our 3d printing-enabled future, Itai Levitan is an entrepreneur, marketer, investor, and adviser. Itai has been raised in Israel and the United States, educated in Australia and is now living in one of the coolest cities in Europe, Berlin. Itai Levitan is the Co-founder of Inside3DP.com