3D print operational drone with embedded electronics using aerospace-grade material

Researchers at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have 3D printed a ready-to-fly drone with embedded electronics using aerospace-grade material.

The electronics were incorporated in the drone during the 3D printing process which employs Stratasys ULTEMTM 9085 – a high strength, lightweight FDM material certified for use in commercial aircrafts.

The drone is jointly developed by NTU’s Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP) and Stratasys Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), a 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company.

How the Flight-Ready Drone was Built

The drone – a quadcopter with four rotors – was designed, 3D printed and flown by Mr Phillip Keane, an NTU PhD candidate from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering who researches at the university’s Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP).

In 3D printing, objects are created digitally layer by layer until completion. However, embedding electronics can be a challenge, as most will not survive the high temperatures of the 3D printing process.

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Super Adorable 3D Printed Pokémon Planters

Artysaurus’ owner Tony is a collector of toys and Toy-To-Life figures who is a model maker, passionate fan of Marvel & DC Super Heroes, as well as all things Star Wars. The self-professed “nerd” loves all geeky things!

When Pokémon Go took the world by storm he opened his store in early July. Created in Autodesk programs and processed with a 3D printer, each iconic figure comes in a range of quirky and soothing colors. He promises that more Pokémon characters will be featured soon, as well as sidekicks from Super Mario Bros. Find each figure in his Etsy shop.

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Samantha Payne’s startup Open Bionics allows anyone in the world to download and 3D print their own bionic limbs. 

Tilly was just 15 months old when she had to have her hand amputated after contracting meningitis septicaemia. Now, with a bionic arm from Open Bionics, Tilly can move all of her fingers and perform more complex movements. EMG sensors on her arm detect muscle movement, telling her bionic arm how quickly or firmly to squeeze its fingers.

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So it super sucks that Disney Infinity has been cancelled as I was hoping to make bases for all of the Disney Princesses eventually. With that in mind I’ve decided to spend my energy creating bases for my second favorite toy/video game, Nintendo’s Amiibo series! 

My first base is Re-tail, home of Reese and Cyrus, from the awesome Animal Crossing series. My plans are to create bases for the whole Animal Crossing series and then make bases for some of my other favorite characters like Wind Waker Link.

As usual I modeled in Rhino, 3D printed on my Flashforge, and hand painted it. I hope everyone likes it and that it’s a worthy successor for the Disney Infinity Bases.