The drone’s main structure and arms are made of Windform GT.
The drone’s main structure and arms are made of Windform GT.

CRP Technology has supplied its Windform material to 3D print an unmanned aerial system (UAS).

Drone manufacturer Parrot designed the Parrot Bebop 2, a lightweight and compact drone that offers easy-to-use piloting using d collected by seven sensors. Bebop 2 integrates a front facing camera which is digitally stabilized on three axes.

The first Bebop 2 structure was built on injected parts made with polyamide based glass reinforced composite material. Parrot next moved to SLS technology in collaboration with CRP Technology in order to improve the structure’s performance without developing long lead time and high cost injection tooling.

Mechanical properties

 CRP produces composite materials for additive manufacturing, including Windform XT 2.0, Windform LX 2.0, Windform GT, Windform SP. Each material has mechanical features that make them the suitable materials for several applications.

Parrot said that that natural frequencies of parts manufactured with Windform GT,  a polyamide based glass microfiber reinforced composite material with a dark black color, were similar to injected parts with polyamide based glass reinforced composite material. Using 3D printed Windform GT material also made it possible to make small batches of production with acceptable mechanical properties to provide functional products to the team.

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