miércoles, 17 de enero de 2018

Additive Manufacturing for the UAV Industry: Analysis and Forecast

In this report, the firm Automotive and Transport Market Research Reports projects that the yearly value of AM manufactured parts in the UAV industry to reach $1.9 billion, driving over $400 million in yearly sales of Additive Fabrication equipment, software, materials and services.

The UAV Additive Manufacturing report also provides information on which companies and institutions in the space infrastructure industry are using Additive Fabrication today, with relevant case studies. Key firms in the UAV AM segment include: BoeingCRP GroupDJIEHANG, EOSGeneral AtomicsHPHubsanLockheed Martin, Northrop GrummanOxford Performance Materials (OPM)Parrot, RicohStratasys3D Systems and 3DR.

The report includes an in-depth analysis of the material used for UAV AM prototyping and production, which takes into consideration both high performance polymers and metals as well as composites, ceramics and technologies for direct 3D printing of electronics. This report quantifies the projected value of additive manufactured parts and identifies the most commercially important technologies, materials and applications in 3D printing of UAV parts for prototyping, production and replacement.

The analysis includes ten-year forecasts of the materials, hardware, software and AM services, both in terms of demand and revenues. Granular geographic and part type information completes this first ever accurate study of the potential for AM in the rapidly evolving UAV industry, including defense, commercial and consumer applications.

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jueves, 11 de enero de 2018

Top 12 of the best 3D printed UAV projects

UAVs are more and more common, and 3D printing can be a useful tool to begin with your UAV project: ¿Micro UAV? ¿Pocket UAV? ¿First Person View (FPV) quadcopter UAV? Every idea and project can come to life in the world of 3D printing, and that is exactly what we are going to see in this blogpost.

Aerialtronics' experience with the Stratasys uPrint SE Plus 3D Printer

As an small company with only 35 employees, a major challenge for Aerialtronics is to develop systems that could meet the requirements of a variety of industries without spreading its resources too thin between dozens of discrete designs. “We have developed a concept that uses a standard platform and is customizable to individual customers and applications,” explains Joost Hezemans, head designer at Aerialtronics.

In order to reduce development times and contain its costs, Aerialtronics sought a faster, more cost-effective solution than outsourcing. Working closely with Stratasys, the company installed a uPrint SE Plus 3D Printer: “With the uPrint 3D Printer, we can adjust a design one day and 3D print new parts overnight, test it, tweak it some more, and print another to test the next day,” Hezemans says. “This process means that designs have gone through between five and 10 more iterations than before. We have been able to 3D print more, see more and fly more than previously possible, and thanks to 3D printing, the product is much better."

EXMAN: Additive Manufacturing for Real Warfare Scenarios

In early 2016, the Office of Strategy and Innovation (S&I) was approached by 1st Marine Logistics Group, 1st Maintenance Battalion’s Marine Corps Expeditionary Manufacturing (EXMAN) for seed funding to design, build, and test an Advanced Manufacturing facility that would perform under actual operational conditions, and would be tested during the Marine Corps’ annual Exercise Steel Knight (SK-17).

The Marine Corps’ objective was to make it mobile so that during an operation, whenever key parts break down, replacement parts could be fabricated on the spot, thereby eliminating well-known supply line hurdles. The result nowadays  is a deployable 3D Printing studio in a mobile containerized shelter which can be used anywhere in the world, supporting the immediate needs of the Marines on the ground during operations or combat. 

lunes, 8 de enero de 2018

ANSYS: New Solutions to develop UAVs 4.0

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are rapidly expanding their capabilities beyond military surveillance applications.

UAVs are being developed for parcel delivery to the customer’s doorstep, internet provision, disaster surveillance and assistance, and a whole range of hobbyist activities.

They play a role in the Internet of Things (IoT) because they are critically dependent on sensors, antennas and embedded software to provide two-way communications for remote control and monitoring.

UAV simulation will be critical in achieving industry estimates, which predict that the UAV market could be valued at $82 billion and employ more than 100,000 people by 2025.

To make this business potential a reality, UAV simulation must be performed to ensure that they are safe and reliable with low cost and low maintenance requirements.

They must have control software that is certified for safety, effective communications systems, efficient power management and the ability to operate in challenging environments.

ANSYS can help with UAV simulations by simulating aerodynamics for efficient flight, embedded software for reliable operation, and on-board electronics systems for sensing, power management, flight control, communications, etc.

In addition, ANSYS structural solutions can ensure mechanical integrity for robust and reliable performance. Explore the crucial technologies for designing better drones.

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US Army: The Need Of 3D-Print UAVs On Demand

The U.S. forces have been using UAVs during its missions for a while.

They use these UAVs mainly to provide support to its troops in combat zones. The challenges, however, include the delivery of the drones taking weeks and that they had to be stocked and stored throughout the troops' expeditions.

viernes, 5 de enero de 2018

Neurala Named in CB Insights’ AI 100 List

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a frequently-used buzz word in the UAV industry. As true AI continues to evolve, its influence on the commercial UAV industry will be significant: Boston-based deep learning neural networks company Neurala has been included in CB InsightsArtificial Intelligence 100 list, a ranking of the 100 most promising private AI companies in the world.

Neurala has developed The Neurala Brain, ”a deep learning neural network software that makes smart products like cameras, robots and drones more autonomous and useful,” says the company. “Neurala uses a bio-inspired approach to mimic the way the human brain learns and analyzes its environment.” Neurala has made a name in the UAV industry over the last few years because the Neurala Brain is “edge” AI technology, meaning it can continue learning and refining algorithms from a UAV.

The possibilities range from inspections of energy installations, for example, where the Neurala Brain might be able to learn specific signs of concern, to the more dramatic and interesting: Neurala’s Brain has been used on UAVs in Africa to differentiate poachers from roaming animals at night, notifying personnel who are able to take action in protecting wildlife. “This is a fitting end to a big year for Neurala, and it is an honor to be included in this prestigious list,” said Massimiliano “Max” Versace, co-founder and CEO of Neurala in a company announcement. “2018 will be the year for learning on the edge and building a super brain. We are excited to be leading the charge, poised and ready to transform industries, and excited to take part in changing the world for the better through artificial intelligence.”