路易斯安那理工大学学生成功制造3D打印无人机

路易斯安那理工大学机械工程系的学生利用3D打印和可持续材料制作出了一款自定义的无人机。他们计划使用这款无人机帮助NASA研究无人机的应用并建立设施以安全管理在低空中飞行的无人机。制作的无人机十分环保,其所采用的材料为非传统工程材料。

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The unmanned aerial vehicle, the UAV, is also commonly known as the drone. While these originally were thought to be rather dubious government issued aircraft, that reputation has mostly been put to rest as everyone started getting in on the fun. Today they are often the handiwork of talented hobbyists—many of whom are also quite adept at 3D printing and find it very useful in the creation of many different and smaller remote controlled systems. Now, those worlds are merging as a group of students have created their own drone with NASA in mind, hoping to facilitate research, development and the future of UAVs in space for the government agency.

This certainly isn’t the first time we’ve seen 3D printing helping to accelerate space travel, or being used to make 3D printed drones of all sizes, shapes, and for a wide range of applications, many serious, and some just for fun. For mechanical engineering students at Louisiana Tech University, creating a 3D printed UAV was probably a welcome mixture of challenge and quite a bit of enjoyment, as they worked on a very important—and perhaps historical, even—task in fabricating a vehicle for NASA to study and be able to use in lower altitude space travel.

The space vehicle, meant to serve as a ‘senior capstone project,’ isn’t just 3D printed and space ready but it was also made to be eco-friendly by the team of students: Justin Coe, Colin Dunbar, Keunta Epps, and Joseph Hagensee.

The four-person team was motivated to do their best in helping the space program along, and they did their homework when it came to research and development, according to Dr. Arden Moore, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and molecular science and nanotechnology at Louisiana Tech’s Institute for Micromanufacturing.

“A large part of our success was due to our ability to make complex parts using three-dimensional printing, which we were able to do thanks to our program’s computer modeling classes and Louisiana Tech’s openly accessible 3D printers,” Hagensee said.

The project, sponsored by a Louisiana Space Consortium sub-award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) grant, was indeed completed successfully, and Dr. Moore was very impressed by his team of young engineers, remarking on their level of skill in both designing and then making the completely functioning UAV, as well as performing all the initial legwork and then manipulating all of the necessary equipment.


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