World’s fastest jet-powered 3D printed UAV clocks 150 mph
With a goal to show the aerospace industry just how fast companies can design and develop their aircrafts in the future – Virginia-based Aurora Flight Sciences collaborated with 3D printing specialists Stratasys to develop what is now the world’s fastest 3D printed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ever created. The 3D printed jet-powered aircraft was recently showcased at the 2015 Dubai Airshow, where the UAV managed to achieve speeds of up to 150 mph (approximately 240 km/h). The high speed drone (if we may call it so) is built from lightweight materials, which make it only 15 kilograms in weight.
According to the developers, 80 percent of the UAV is assembled from 3D printed parts made from a Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing technique. Using the 3D printing process, the build time of the aircraft was reduced to half, Aurora informs.
Aurora and Stratasys have used a special building material called ULTEM. The ultra lightweight material was used for two reason – one, its strong and lightweight 3D printable material, ideal for aerospace engineering; two, it meets all the smoke, flame and toxicity requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration. Watch the video below to see the UAV in action.