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Student develops 3D-printed flying car

Engineering student Alan Zhang from UC Berkeley is working on an ambitious project: a self-designed flying car that can take off and land vertically (VTOL). He is relying heavily on 3D printing for the production of individual components.

The aircraft, designed as a quadrocopter mix, is similar in its basic structure to large drones. However, its dimensions are significantly larger so that a person can be transported.

As a video on YouTube shows, the prototype consists of a network of lightweight carbon fiber tubes. These are held together by a large number of specially designed connecting elements that were produced using various 3D printers. The required electronics, batteries and motors are also partly home-made.


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