Rapid prototyping technologies have enabled a major step forward in the development of a very wide range of products, especially in the field of mechatronic systems. These technologies are largely related to additive manufacturing (AM), so-called 3D printing which is, in addition to product development, also suitable for the fabrication of mechatronic systems that are not intended for series production. In this chapter, a framework for the AM of specialised multirotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) parts is proposed and described for three AM technologies—fused deposition modelling (FDM), selective laser sintering (SLS), and stereolithography (SLA). A different approach to parts design is shown where the main problems are addressed and guidelines for parts manufacturing are given. Special emphasis is related to the mechanical characteristics and low weight of the manufactured parts that are merged with carbon fibre segments. The manufactured (printed) parts are mounted in functional assemblies and preliminarily tested.
Part of the book: Trends and Opportunities of Rapid Prototyping Technologies