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3D Printing Prototype Robotics Drones by Anisoprint

The advantage of using drone can be fully leveraged using advanced technologies that turn them into a viable solution in the field of surveying, video recording, agriculture and delivery of goods in hard-to-reach places, and many other applications.

Anisoprint 3D printing prototype solution

TSURU Robotics, international research, and development firm dedicated to developing full-stack robotics drones picked Anisoprint as a solution in 3D printing a prototype while reducing total part weight and leveraging the advantage of continuous fiber 3d printing for added strength. In order to comply with the EU UAV legislation, the drone needed to weigh less the 250 grams. This way, the owner will not be required to register the drone's route. The reduced weight also increases battery flight time.

Advantages of Continuous Fiber 3D Printing

Traditionally, the original drone design was made of aluminum and weighed 32 grams. In order to reduce weight, the design was not rigid to withstand vibrations and internal resonance resulting in reduced drone control.

20220301162425.594.pngThe 3D printed frame, however, overcame these limitations by printing a strong and light frame, using the topology optimized algorithms thus, eliminating resonance and yet remaining strong and light.

Using Aura, an advanced slicer, the cost of manufacturing was considered as part of the total production process.

The parts as they appear in the slicer: Blue fiber, green plastic infill

3D printing To maximize strength and reduce the weight, the drone's frame is reinforced with an internal carbon structure at about 22% density while the outer surface of the part remains smooth and clean.

As a result of 3D printing the drone parts, the frame was 43% lighter 48% cheaper to manufacture and 16 % more rigid then the aluminum counterpart. The Anisoprint 3D part was stronger, cheaper and lighter, contributing to an optimized design and manufacturing process and enhanced performance, far exceeding the original design.


  Old frame Anisoprint frame
Weight (Gr) 32 18
First Fundamental Frequency. Hz 172 200.3
Cost ($) 60 31
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