UAV Solutions specialises in UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and UAV control systems. This video shows how UAV have incorporated 3D printing into not just the prototyping stage, but also into manufacturing.
According to company CEO Bill Davidson, when the company bought their first Stratasys Dimension 1200es 3D Printer, they thought that it was an impressive technology -; but they didn’t really understand all that it could do. While they originally figured they would use it to produce little prototypes or giveaways for their customers, FDM-based (Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D printing has now “crept” into every aspect of their manufacturing process which is today driven by multiple Fortus 400 Production Systems.
In particular, they found that the ULTEM 9085 resin material is particularly well-suited to aviation applications. A flame retardant high performance material, ULTEM exhibits a high strength-to-weight ratio and FST (flame, smoke, and toxicity) rating which make it an excellent choice for the commercial transportation industry -; especially aerospace, marine and ground vehicles.
The FDM-based manufacturing process allows UAV Solutions to very rapidly make changes to the avionic structures, thereby enabling them to meet the high performance and precise demands of their customers. In fact, Davidson states that using the ULTEM 9085 allows them to manufacture components that could not be made with standard milling procedures.