Windform® 3D Printing materials, which were originally developed for the motorsports industry, are now finding a diverse range of uses outside the race track.
Tundra-M is the functional prototype of Hexadrone’s first fully modular and easy-to-use drone for industrial and multi-purpose tasks, made for extreme weather conditions due to rugged, waterproof design.
The drone’s body is manufactured in Windform® SP and arms are in Windform® XT 2.0.
Windform® XT 2.0 and Windform® SP are carbon fiber reinforced composite 3D printing materials from Windform® family of high performance materials.
Windform® was created by CRP Technology, CRP Group’s specialized company in advanced 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions.
The rapidly switchable arms and three quick release attaches make the Tundra-M extremely flexible to meet the needs of any profession, while making operational conditions easier to maintain.
Designing and manufacturing a functional 3D printed professional drone proved to be challenging. Understanding the limitations with traditional manufacturing technologies, the opportunity to develop a unique drone based on the use of Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies was identified. 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.
Additive manufacturing technology is often faster than designing and producing a tool for traditional manufacturing technologies. Furthermore, 3D Printing has given engineers more flexibility in the timeline to make design improvements and being able to think outside of limitations caused by traditional tooling. This choice made it possible to substantially reduce the costs and has been very convenient in terms of timing when compared to traditional production methods. The unique properties of AM Windform® XT 2.0 and Windform® SP composite materials have allowed system optimization that successfully withstands the design requirements due to space limitations and the extreme conditions of the flights.
Hexadrone moved to SLS technology in collaboration with CRP Technology in order to accelerate iteration generation, improve manufacturing time and facilitate production in series.
The requirements were fast iteration process, best ratio between structural strength and weight, acceptable consistent result and opportunity to combine multiples functionalities from one unique part.
CRP Technology provided fast response time to new requirements, very good cooperation with Hexadrone Engineer and CAD designer and best output quality with unique proprietary process.