Additive manufacturing technologies in UAS applications has presented both opportunity and challenges to engineers in the field. The ability to produce parts and components using additive manufacturing technologies hold promise in both metals and plastics. Whereas, traditional subtractive manufacturing technologies can be restrictive in design development and material selection.
Windform® 3D Printing materials, which were originally developed for the motorsports industry by CRP Technology, are now finding a diverse range of uses outside the race track, e.g. UAS field. Hexadrone, French-based company involved in drone business, has requested CRP Technology to devise the functional prototype of the Tundra-M, Hexadrone’s very first mass-produced drone. Tundra-M is Hexadrone’s first fully modular and easy-to-use drone for industrial and multi-purpose tasks, made for extreme weather conditions thanks to rugged, waterproof design.
The body as well as the main parts have been conceived with the composite polyamide based material carbon filled Windform® SP and Windform® XT 2.0.
CEO Hexadrone Alexandre Labesse stated, “Selective laser sintering technology along with Windform® composite materials allowed us to easily prototype key components of our product, to outcompete the plastic injection molding process in terms of deadlines, cost, and to test our prototype in real life conditions with almost the same mechanical characteristic”.
The project we have designed with the Windform® SP and the Windform® XT 2.0 composite materials from CRP Technology, lies in the conception of different frame parts, junction parts, a quick release patented system as well as the components forming our patented carbon-made arm system.
This 3D printing time/cost saving technology helped us a lot and now allows us to calmly approach the mass production phase”.
Tundra-M first prototype made its debut worldwide at CES 2018.
Windform 3D printed Tundra-M drone
Companies: CRP Group