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3D printed UAV with integrated motors!

3D printed UAV with integrated motors!

3D printing technology can create some amazing things, but how about a UAV that includes integrated electric ducted fans? Designed and built by a Boeing-assisted team at the University of Sheffield, this aircraft weighs 7.7 pounds and can fly at 45mph using its integrated motor. It is made up of modules that are bolted together, with the fuselage section (included the ducted fans) printed as a single ABS part. And the ducting inside can even move for greater pitch control! The motors and electronics are added later. We hear the team is working on a nearly 10-foot-span version that uses miniature turbines for power.3D_printed UAV1

 

Updated: October 16, 2014 — 8:45 AM
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  1. Wonder if they’re going to have a version available to the public? I like the way it looks, I’d fly it.

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