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The Razor – 3D printed aerial vehicle

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Posted January 5, 2015

The Razor is a 3D-printed, hand-launchable, autonomous aerial vehicle developed by Professor David Sheffler. An Android smartphone included in the aircraft to act as the central processor.

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David Sheffler and his mechanical engineering students used 3D printing to create the body of the aircraft – the wings, tips, and body.

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“The goal of this research is to show where the state of the art is in creating a capable system with an open-source approach.” explained Sheffler.

Proffessor believes that in the next 10 years a typical household would have a 3D printer and products would be purchased online in the form of a downloaded file that would be printed out in the home. It might be possible eventually to print your own shoes after scanning your feet, or maybe print your clothes.

 

Source: University of Virginia

 

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