Application of 3D Printed and Composites Technology to UAS Development

Michael Hatfield, John Monahan, Sarah Hoffman, Steven Kibler, Alfred Upton, Patrick Dewane
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • DOI: 10.18260/p.26254

What is it about?

This paper details the efforts of the University of Alaska Fairbanks in utilizing 3D printing and other rapid prototyping processes to support timely design and fabrication of UAS assets supporting scientific research and public service missions. It also describes how this technology supports UAS missions accomplished by UAF's Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI), as well as detailing how students are involved via academic courses, design projects, and clubs.

Why is it important?

University programs are often challenged by the availability of sustained resources and personnel, as well as short deadlines for accomplishing missions. In such a dynamic environment, 3D printing and composite prototyping techniques are vital to constructing UAS/sensor suites to meet mission requirements.

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