That’s a Wrap; Summer Roadshows, 3D Printing and DIY Drones

by Tyler Reid

Summer is officially over, and with its end comes the conclusion of our 2015 3D Printing Summer Roadshows.

We traveled to 13 cities across 7 states to share the process of designing, 3d printing, and manufacturing our own personal drone. We even flew it (though some witnesses have called it “graceful falling”)!

So the drone might not have been the most aerodynamic or efficient design, but the roadshow content was pretty darn good. I’m a little biased, but this 45-minute presentation taught a lot of people how to make the most of an in-house 3D printer.

If you didn’t catch any of the presentations, you can watch a live recording here:                                3DP Summer Roadshow – DIY Drones

Starting with the initial design in SOLIDWORKS , the presentation segues into a discussion on conventional Design for Manufacture (DFM) rules vs. the still-developing Design for Print (DFP) rules before diving into the prototyping process.

Prototyping is still the #1 application for 3D printing today, but we’re seeing more and more manufacturing-related applications in the field. So we touch on those topics too – in fact we created injection molded, urethane cast, and carbon fiber parts to supplement the 3D printed drone.

We cover all those processes in detail – sharing what worked and what didn’t so that you can use your 3D printer in the same way we are, but with fewer mistakes!

And, of course, we sprinkle in some jigs, fixtures, and templates in there as well because those applications aren’t just talking points for us – we actually use them every day to make our work simpler, more accurate, and repeatable.

The number of signups was unprecedented for an event like this – several of the cities required 2 or 3 sessions to accommodate the overflow of guests. The final “presentation,” was actually our booth at the InterDrone conference in Las Vegas.

This conference was truly an international event – we spoke to many attendees from Australia and the United Kingdom in particular. We’re told the legal landscape in those countries, as far as UAV’s are concerned, is more developed than in the United States right now.

But I have to admit, my favorite part of the conference were the times the drone enthusiasts (AKA “pilots”) asked if our drone was for sale. They applauded the design, and I agreed – someone, somewhere did a decent job – but I also admitted it would be a disappointing purchase for them. Drones are meant to fly, really well, in fact, and ours… well, let’s just say it’s hard to be good at everything.

 

 

4 thoughts on “That’s a Wrap; Summer Roadshows, 3D Printing and DIY Drones

  1. Shelley Green

    I beg to disagree that summer is over. You owe me some ice.
    Its 97º here in Camarillo, which btw is 5 miles from the Pacific ocean. , No relief in sight, unless low 90’s meets your definition. Maybe then you are some cold blooded reptilian with powerful CAD abilities.

    You owe me some ice. And not printed on Stratasys printer.

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  2. Victor Laxamana

    GOOD MORNING MR.Tyler Reid,
    I AM ONE OF THE ATENDEES OF 3D PRINTER ROADSHOW HELD AT WOODLAND HILLS CALIFORNIA, GOENGINEER OFFICE LAST 02 OCTOBER 2015 FRIDAY…I JUS T WANT TO HAVE A COPY OF THE 3D CADFILE OF THE DRONE’S JIG IF POSSIBLE TO SEND IT TO MY EMAIL…EITHER 3D AUTOCAD DWG. FILE OR 3D SOLIDWORKS CADFILE WILL BE HIGHLY APPRECIATED… I WILL USE THE 3D CADFILE TO PRESENT TO MY STUDENTS AND TO DEMONSTRATE TO THEM HOW THE SCHOOL’S(ANTELOPE VALLEY COLLEGE) UPRINT STRATASYS 3D PRINTER WORK.
    RESPECTFULLY YOURS,
    VICTOR LAXAMANA
    3D CADD INSTRUCTOR
    ANTELOPE VALLEY COLLEGE

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