I'm posting the link to the video and page at Flight Global without any detailed comment as it's pretty mind-blowing. A huge number of micro-UAVs flying as a swarm, connected by distributed AI to accomplish various missions.
Amazing technology and well worth watching.
Woodreau wrote:The limiting factor is how fast can you 3D print them?
Francoflier wrote:Woodreau wrote:The limiting factor is how fast can you 3D print them?
How are these things powered? You can't 3D print batteries, or electric motors, and small thermal engines might be within reach of the metal 3D printing technology but that would be awfully tricky to achieve on the field.
Are they using some sort of simple gas turbine? Maybe powered by compressed air? That would be achievable using even plastic printed parts.
But then it still needs electronics and servos. There's no way to 3D print that... yet.
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