The massive Stratolaunch DediBot has made quite a buzz this week with the release of the Fly Elephant. The prototype is no ordinary drone but offers an extruder that can be utilized for speedy prototyping/3D printing of huge models.
Under its 6 rotor crate is a 3D printing nozzle that is fed with plastic material, cement mix or other substance from a tube linked to the top of the drone. Its printing path will be accurately printed by its software, for a guaranteed printing precision of 0.1 mm.
The 3D printing drone is exhibiting its possible functions with the free-flying style that allows it to print bigger model. Development projects could be performed by a group of 3D printing drones operating together, likely with drones each extruding distinctive materials for a type of numerous print headway of structure builds. Obviously, short battery life might restrict the potential usability of such systems, so DediBot is trying wireless power methods to provide the drones with potentially limitless airtime on the construction site.
The Fly Elephant is nevertheless very much at the model stage and has numerous questions yet to be clarified. But the soaring prototype is showcasing a lot of promise.