The list of high-end 3D-printed drones grows with one more as Russia’s entry into this space is unveiled. This week at the INNOPROM International Industrial Fair in Ekaterinburg (Yekaterinburg), Russia,  Russian Defence Contractor, United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC), unveiled its 3D printed fixed-wing drone.

According to the company’s statement given to Russian TV news, this fixed-wing system was entirely created by using 3D printing and can be manufactured in a single day with components being printed out in less than 20 minutes. The drone is designed to conduct monitoring of missions and reconnaissance, and can be fitted with a variety of sensors and can operate at a range of 50km with a wingspan of 2.4 meters.

Other 3D Printed Drone Examples

UAV Launch, Portland Harbour

Last year July, the University of Southampton test launched their 3D printed UAS from the bow of a British Royal Navy warship. Here is the Reuters video for the launch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEimv8Haoks

 

Here is an interesting piece from National Geographic about 3D-printed drones:

 

And here is a jet powered 3D printed drone from Virginia-based manufacturer Aurora Flight Sciences:

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Tiaan Roux

CIO, sUAS News | "My interest in UAS began in 2006 in the Masai Mara, Kenya where I was working as a bush pilot and met Gary Mortimer. I have always loved computers, maps, aerial photos and any kind of flying thing so the UAS addiction quickly took hold. Since then my interest in these technologies has grown from just an interest to building and flying small UAS as well as getting involved with sUAS News."