aurora flight sciences + stratasys manufacture 3D printed jet-powered drone aurora flight sciences + stratasys manufacture 3D printed jet-powered drone
nov 11, 2015

aurora flight sciences + stratasys manufacture 3D printed jet-powered drone

aurora flight sciences + stratasys manufacture 3D printed jet-powered drone
all images courtesy of stratasys





3D printing manufacturer stratasys has joined forces with aurora flight sciences to deliver, what is believe to be, the fastest and most complex 3D printed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ever assembled. unveiled at the 2015 dubai airshow, the high-speed drone is built using lightweight materials to achieve speeds of 240 km/h. 


video courtesy of stratasys




the final design of the UAV weights only 15 kilograms and is 80 percent assembled from 3D printed parts. the primary goal was for the team to show the aerospace industry just how quickly companies can go from designing to building to flying a 3D printed jet powered aircraft. this meant using different printing parties and technologies together on one aircraft. stratasys believes 3D printing technology easily supports rapid design iterations that led to a dramatically shortened timeline from the initial concept to the first flight. this also enables cost-effective development of a customized task-specific vehicle, without the cost constraints of low volume production. 

aurora-flight-sciences-stratasys-3D-printed-jet-powered-drone-designboom-03the detachable 3D printed wings aurora-flight-sciences-stratasys-3D-printed-jet-powered-drone-designboom-02test flight were conducted at the salt lake flats 

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    technology news