Streamlining UAV construction via Additive Manufacturing and composite materials

by Josè Antonio Almenanara, CRP Technology

High performance composite materials has taken additive manufacturing technologies to new heights with the production of structural parts for the new generation of Unmanned Aerial System and Space mission.

The paper describes the application of reinforced composite materials developed for motorsport industry that are now finding inroads into uses in the construction of 3D-printed functional parts of UAVs and Space SmallSats.

The uniqueness of results obtained combining professional 3D printing and high performance composite materials, will be discussed.

The session also investigates the construction of drones’ main structures via professional 3d printing and high performance composite materials; pros & cons of 3D printing in the UAV industry; future potential uses of 3d printing in the design and construction of drones.



What drives you?
Our aim is constantly to produce technological breakthroughs, steering our customers toward the proper solution for their projects.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
To learn about how high performance composite materials and additive manufacturing technology revolutionise the UAVs field overcoming core challenges of the sector.

It is a pleasure for us to speak at Aerospace 3D Printing Conference 2019. It is the first time for CRP Technology and Windform materials, and I’m sure the conference program will be achieving a huge success. Can’t wait to share expertise, best practices, challenges, and application developments with the Aerospace 3D Printing Conference panellists and audience.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Obviously AM. Its introduction, circa 35 years ago, has brought about a whole new dimension of possibilities in manufacturing technology.
Trends: More opportunities to develop high performance materials to increase metal replacement, production-grade AM materials.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Possibility of total personalization of components, production lead time reduction, on demand production and less waste.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Mainly traditional design for manufacturing versus design for additive manufacturing. Traditional design for manufacturing rules severely restrict designers to further improve product functional performance by taking advantages of unique capabilities brought by AM processes.

About Josè Antonio Almenanara

Josè Antonio spent several years between South America and North America. In 2004 he moved to Italy to study Mechanical Engineering. He began his career in 2007 as consultant for F1 Scuderia Ferrari Team.

He managed the R&D department of a company specialized in design and machinery production for automotive and industrial machinery sectors. Since 2014, he has worked for several engineering companies in the field of International business development.

He graduated in Marketing and Business Organization (University of Modena). He currently collaborates with CRP Technology for the development of new technologies and materials in the field of Additive Manufacturing.

About CRP Technology

CRP Technology is based in Modena, Italy. It offers part production for short- and low-run production, and prototyping services with advanced 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing solutions. As a material provider, CRP Technology develops, manufactures and sells to OEMs its proprietary materials Windform for Laser Sintering and High Speed Sintering.

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