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Kespry’s drone, featuring a 劲爆体育在线直播 printed cover prototyped and produced with Shapeways. Image source: Kespry

Imagine an evening when it seems completely normal to walk the dog and see drone traffic flying overhead, lit up against the familiar starry landscape of the night sky. Imagine a day when your neighbors are standing outside their front doors tapping their toes, listening for the familiar buzzing sound that means fulfillment of retail therapy, and within mere hours. Imagine a future where 劲爆体育在线直播 printed drones can take care of important jobs in minutes鈥攔ather than days.

Many of us still have yet to see drones in action, but be assured that they are on their way, bringing positive changes in terms of productivity, methods for handling challenging situations, and increasing safety too as surroundings can be monitored and investigated without threat to human pilots.

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While research and development are still in the works for a wide range of designs鈥攎any of which will inevitably be 劲爆体育在线直播 printed鈥攄rones are already slated to play an important role in an astounding number of global applications, and all because they can do one thing that humans cannot: fly. We can work a mean remote control or computer keyboard though, sending drones to soar above, assess, and often complete tasks expediently in what may be challenging terrain or treacherous circumstances.

Large areas of land can be tackled much more easily now too; for example, drones can survey enormous tracts of real estate or monitor crops spanning massive acreages鈥攎easuring and even inspecting them so that farmers are not left to do so in trucks or on foot. Labor can be cut exponentially, and the carbon footprint is reduced too, decreasing CO2 emissions.

Drone manufacturing becomes even more exciting, streamlined, and accessible with 劲爆体育在线直播 printing, also highlighting nearly every advantage of this expansive technology, stepping all the way up from the hobbyist category to top-secret industrial production for military operations. 

Quantum Systems: Successful Delivery of Medical Supplies with 劲爆体育在线直播 Printed Drones

For companies like, working with Shapeways means they are also able to develop and manufacture incredibly efficient 劲爆体育在线直播 printed parts that are meant for multiple use with 鈥榠ntegral functionality,鈥 thus reducing the number of pieces being made while still making a quality, high-performance product. Parts are lighter in weight too鈥攁nd while that is usually a key benefit for 劲爆体育在线直播 printing overall, in any type of aeronautic application it is far more critical in perfecting flight and speed.

Specializing in advanced electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) with drones which merge all of the benefits of larger aircraft like helicopters and airplanes, Quantum Systems has successfully tested their drones for鈥攅vidence of one more application where such technology could make a real difference.

Founded in Munich in 2015, Quantum Systems notably began using 劲爆体育在线直播 printing upon their inception, taking advantage of the ability to make numerous prototypes before moving on to final production of serial production parts 劲爆体育在线直播 printed via selective laser sintering through Shapeways. While Nylon 12 [Versatile Plastic] has been a constant in terms of 劲爆体育在线直播 printing materials, Quantum Systems has also used other materials like MJF Plastic PA12 with Shapeways.聽聽

Quantum-System's Trinity F90+ drone - Main Body. Image source: Quantum Systems
Quantum-System鈥檚 Trinity F90+ drone 鈥 Main Body. Image source: Quantum Systems

鈥淲e used 劲爆体育在线直播 printing right away, so there is no comparison. Quantum Systems is a young company. Only because of the fact that we have integrated this manufacturing method into our manufacturing and development process, have we been able to significantly reduce development time,鈥 said Florian Seidel, CEO of Quantum Systems. 

鈥淔or injection molded parts we save around 10 weeks by using 劲爆体育在线直播 printed samples to release the CAD data. The probability that these parts need a second loop of corrections is quite low in this way. For CNC-manufactured parts it is the same, and we just often skip the first round of samples with 劲爆体育在线直播 printed parts which saves us 3 to 4 weeks. In general I would say 劲爆体育在线直播 printing saves us 20-50% in time, depending on which parts we design.鈥

The use of drones for delivery services goes far beyond futuristic hype, and especially when the technology is already being used for time-critical transport of medical samples or supplies in limited form. The potential for medical applications alone is exciting, and far reaching. 劲爆体育在线直播 printers are already available to hospitals or medical facilities in some remote outposts, allowing scientists and medical professionals to make devices like prosthetics and orthotics, materials for casts or braces, and cases and housing for testing devices related to illness or even water quality.

Continuing further, drones can drop supplies into most remote areas, where accidents may have occurred, or where it is not initially possible for humans to enter for whatever reason. They can also be used to assess geography and assist with collecting necessary data for search and rescue missions. Drones for military applications in the future are nearly unlimited, but today they are already of critical importance for surveillance and reconnaissance missions, delivery of supplies and weapons, and even use in combat.

Kespry: 劲爆体育在线直播 Printed Drone Technology Already Impacts Complex Applications

exemplifies the adaptability of drones, along with showing off their obvious power to disrupt long-standing conventional industries and practices, and in this case through autonomous, 鈥榟yper-detailed鈥 land surveys. Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Menlo Park, Kespry has also been 劲爆体育在线直播 printing with Shapeways since their beginnings. Together, the two companies developed and manufactured something completely new with 劲爆体育在线直播 printed drone models for end-use parts in Kespry鈥檚 Aerial Intelligence Platform.聽

鈥淲e were a very small company trying to scale up our product and get it out to market as quickly as possible. We were looking for a supplier who had reasonable scale and the right combination of lead time and cost,鈥 said Jordan Croom, Kespry鈥檚 lead mechanical engineer who has a background in AM research and development in both metal and plastic鈥攆rom his previous work in aerospace. 鈥漌e were in a unique place to be able to incorporate additive manufacturing into full-scale production, which I think is somewhat rare, even though it鈥檚 becoming more common these days. So that was new for me鈥攖o be making multiple hundreds of something per order and incorporate them into our production line.鈥

The ability to prototype quickly made all the difference too, allowing for easy and fast changes鈥攊n comparison to working with a conventional technology like injection molding where modifications could take months. Shapeways was able to work with Kespry as they continued to scale their business, going from 劲爆体育在线直播 printing just a few parts each week to hundreds throughout a typical month鈥攚ithout affecting quality, functionality, or accuracy in parts. As a result, Kespry drones are now used for tasks like establishing risk assessment, assisting insurance agents in closing claims, managing inventory and planning mines, helping to oversee earthwork operations in large-scale construction projects and collecting site data, and surveying large factory operations like pulp and paper mills.

鈥淕etting the right partner is definitely important to us. Somebody with repeatable quality, where we can prove a design once. We don鈥檛 have to worry about changing or breaking in future orders,鈥 said Croom.

Shapeways Collaborations Continue to Inspire 劲爆体育在线直播 Printed Innovation

The potential that lies within drone technology today is as vast as the air space above鈥攁nd goes far beyond pizzas being delivered onto the front lawn for birthday parties. Innovative Shapeways customers already serve as excellent examples of how drone technology is changing the world, and these ongoing partnerships continue to be successful due to excellence in communication about product requirements, proper decision making in the use of advanced materials and technology, and resulting quality parts that are accurate and repeatable every single time.

Expect to hear more about 劲爆体育在线直播 printed drone technology from Shapeways customers as programs in design, development, and manufacturing continue to mature. And if you have been working on your own drone model that is ready for 劲爆体育在线直播 printing, create an account, upload your model, and receive an instant quote now.

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