Streamlining UAV construction via Additive Manufacturing and composite materials

Josè Antonio Almenanara

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.

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Avio Aero 3Dprints parts for the Catalyst engine for the Cessna Denali

Up to ten GE Catalyst components will be produced in this area. The engine’s first flight is scheduled for the end of 2019. It is the first turboprop engine in the world with almost 30% of its internal metal parts 3D printed. In Brindisi, work has already begun on three of these ten additive components. This number will continue to grow as the number of GE Additive-Concept Laser machines DMLM (Direct Metal Laser Melting) does. Continue reading “Avio Aero 3Dprints parts for the Catalyst engine for the Cessna Denali”