New kind of powder kegs for the Royal Navy

ship powder keg UAV #2_

The University of Southampton and the Royal Navy are already testing the technology to manufacture UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) at sea from 3D printers supplied with various plastic powders stored in barrels ! In 5 years time, UAVs with wing spans up to 4m could be produced from multi- material 3D printers tailored to specific missions. The semi-disposable aircraft would be printed in sections with wiring within them, and clipped together without fasteners. They would then be fitted with batteries and electronics, such as cameras for reconnaissance trips.

This is quite amazing – tailored designs of a UAV with ‘just in time’ manufacturing within a war zone !

Hope you are having a great summer and are enjoying the good weather



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Charles Dickens

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About Mike Osborn CEng

A Chartered Engineer and member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers living in the UK with a passion for engineering design, technology and innovation, peppered with a little humour. Presently running a small engineering design & CAD drawing solutions business, serving mainly London and home counties.
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