Stratasys and Aurora Flight Sciences manufacture the world’s first 3D-printed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The UAV, which has a 9-foot wingspan and weighs 33 pounds, is 80% 3D printed and was completed in half the time needed by traditional manufacturing methods. The video screen behind the aircraft shows images taken as the UAV was in flight.
Stratasys used its Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) process, which relies on production-grade thermoplastics extruded layer by layer on a platform.
The aircraft can reach speeds in excess of 150 mph.