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SkyBox and Roboze launch future 3D printed drones

SkyBox Engineering s.r.l., Spin-Off company of University of Pisa, founded in 2009 and that deals with the research and development in the aeronautic sector, chose the FFF 3D printing solutions by ROBOZE to realize functional parts for aero models and drones.

ROBOZE designs and produces additive manufacturing systems for the aeronautic, aerospace, defense, Oil&Gas and motorsport industries, with the aim of offering the best professional and industrial 3D printers for extreme applications, thanks to the constant product innovation. The advantages for the final customers are tangible in terms of precision, flexibility, personalization and accessibility.

“The necessity of using 3D printing results from the nature of our projects”, declares Vincenzo Binante, Engineer at SkyBox. “The main goal is the reduction of weights and encumbrances of the parts that are positioned on drones and aero models, getting advantage of the possibility to build functional parts with even complex shape”.

Roboze 3D printer allowed SkyBox team to realize a system of dampers to insulate the autopilot of a drone from the high frequency vibrations, caused by the motors. In this case it was possible to create an housing, equipped with dampers with a weight reduction of 25% and modifying the joint of the housing very quickly, solution that could not be possible realizing the parts in aluminium with machine tools.

“Roboze is the first 3D printing solution adopted by SkyBox, in the past we used to ask an external service to realize parts, printed with this technology”, says Vincenzo Binante. “We chose Roboze for the quality of the material and the chance to test different printing processes: moreover, Roboze solution allows to have a protected and controlled build plate with a good precision and to get confident with the printer extremely quickly”.

All Roboze solutions were designed in order to cover several lead-time phases of a product: the versatility of the high performance technical materials, like Carbon PA, and the repeatability of the printed parts, guaranteed by the Beltless System – patented by the company that is capable of producing parts with repeatable 25-micron mechanical tolerances thanks to the mechatronic movement on the x-y axis assigned to racks and pinions in tempered steel  – allow to realize concepts, functional prototypes and finished parts to assemble.

In particular, Carbon PA – carbon fiber filled polyamide, with its 138MPa tensile strength – is used for the production of finished parts for Metal Replacement applications. 

ROBOZE technology, thanks to its composite and high temperature materials, allows for combining the advantages of Metal Replacement with those of additive manufacturing. The use of polymers instead of metals, in industries like aerospace, motorsport, Oil&Gas and manufacturing, guarantees numerous advantages thanks to the possibility to reduce the weight of the parts, to get more chemical resistance to corrosion, low friction coefficient, electrical insulation, together with the advantage of a better workability of plastics compared to metal alloys.

The Roboze solution permitted to definitely speed up the prototyping process, as allows a more direct transfer from the CAD model to the realization of the part, compared to the traditional manufacturing methods”, states Eng. Binante.

When the application does not allow to use plastics”, continues Vincenzo Binante, “ it is possible to realize cheap mockup very quickly, with the aim of doing assembly tests, before producing the part: this permits to have more accessible development costs, with a time saving of 20% and weight saving of 25%”.

ROBOZE solutions guarantee to print long-lasting, resistant and repeatable parts with a wide range of high quality thermoplastic materials, offering producers the possibility to realize personalized finished parts to digitalize the manufacturing processes. 

With the headquarter in Italy and a branch in US, the innovative 3D printing company Roboze designs and manufactures state-of-the-art FFF 3D solutions for additive manufacturing applications. The innovative Beltless System – that introduced the mechatronic movement of X and Y axes with a system of hardened steel rack and pinions – allows the company to produce functional prototypes and final applications with a range of high temperature super polymers and composite materials. Don’t miss the chance to discover ROBOZE 3D printing solutions and you’ll get ready to print strong like metal.

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