Using Kevlar Composite to Print a Drone Landing Gear with the Markforged Mark Two Printer
The Mark Two Enterprise Composite Printer allows the user to print a multitude of composite materials. We are talking about Kevlar,Fiberglass, High Strength High Temperature Fiberglass and most important of all Carbon Fiber. That’s right, Carbon Fiber! We are talking about actual strands of Carbon Fiber being layed out layer by layer to give you the strength of metal! Together with the base material of either Nylon or Onyx, a Markforged user can create an end use part or even a functional prototype right off their print bed.
Ocean Alliance and their Mark Two Printer
Ocean Alliance, a research organisation that collects whale tissue, partnered with Olin College of Engineering. The college main aim was to design a drone for the organisation. However, their previous designs had failed as the multicopters broke upon landing. Upon learning about the capabilities of the Markforged Machine, they manage to print their landing gears with Kevlar Composite. This allowed the drone to absorb impact upon landing and preventing it from breaking.
This was an upgrade from the carbon-fiber reinforced part. The team also noticed that the flight time was being maximized due to a 15% reduction in the weight as compared to the stock drone arm. In addition to that, the landing system has never been damaged.
Markforged Eiger Software
Using the Mark Two had allowed the team to test their design with the various fibers; Kevlar, fiberglass, carbon fiber. The Eiger software had allowed the team the flexibility to change their various designs. Through powerful fiber routing and slicing intelligence, the Eiger software allows users to control how much of fiber can be used and the specific areas that they want the fibers to be reinforced.
More about Kevlar Composite
Kevlar is a lightweight material and is normally used in the aerospace industry. In addition to that, it is also able to absorb the impacts of crash landings. It has the best abrasion resistance and is the most flexible fiber material. It can produce parts that are both durable and resistant to impact. This is continuous fiber is only produced by the Markforged team and can be used only on the Mark 2 and Mark X machines.
The Markforged Machine is truly a remarkable 3D Printer. Being able to print composites, this 3D printer adds functionality to your prints. Gone are the days where 3D prints is just a touch and feel item. Now with the Markforged printer, you can get actual parts printed for end use.
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