Italdron transforms the world of drones with new Nylon Carbon and WASP 3D printing Italdron, the Italian company specializing in the design and production of new drones, has been using 3D technology since 2014 and has raised the bar by joining forces with WASP for the creation of its futuristic drones. This will be the very first Italian manufacturer drones to be used for post-production flights. Italdron has decided to focus on WASP 3D printing, integrating them in a stable manner within the production process, with 3D printed parts in nylon carbon. This relationship between WASP and Italdron started first with the focus on rapid prototyping and then moved towards the production of final components. “We use WASP printers for different sectors, from the realisation of mechanical parts such as forklift hooks to the creation of particular moulds to then create the drone body,” explained Marco Solfrini, Italdron’s design engineer. “We often work on customised vehicles. In most cases, in fact, the basic drone remains the same, but it is necessary to customise it to meet the customer’s needs. From this point of view, WASP 3D printers are fundamental given their precision and the high printing height allowed.”

 

At Present in Italdron, there are 3 Wasp 3D printers, 2 Delta Wasp 2040 and a latest Delta Wasp 2040 Industrial 4.0 optimised for printing technical materials. The industrial 4.0 line printers can be connected to the web and this allows for you to manage the printer several different ways. This includes a mobile phone, tablet or laptop. The innovative chamber system controlled up to 80C and “Hot and Cold Technology” mechanical cooling, allows the optimal printing of technopolymers. Additionally, a camera has also been inserted inside the printer to monitor the progress of the print, even if you are in a different location. For its drones, Italdron have decided to focus on WASP 3D printing. They are trying to incorporate them within the production procedure. These printers essentially are working 24/7, this is due to the fact that they have a very vigorous mechanic which means that they are resistant. The WASP printers allow Italdron to produce both prototypes for testing and 3D printed parts in nylon carbon to be installed directly on the drones for the flight, this allows the team to be able to evaluate their functionality and to detect that there aren’t mechanical issues. By using this technology, it makes it possible to have tangible feedback on the project in extremely short times.

 

 

There are numerous benefits to this 3D printing. For examples; the 3d printing technology allows for the production process to have an increased speed. Additionally, the overall cost of the procedure is reduced which is beneficial for both the consumers and the producers. Thirdly, there has been a lot said positively about ‘wasp’ overall. The design engineer of Italdron explained in an interview that him and his company felt that they were being fully supported and praised them for their exceptional customer service, stating: ‘When you turn to WASP, you can count on an efficient customer support service.’ The new nylon carbon is the pioneering factor which is allowing for such honourable new transformations in the world of drones. The nylon material is used primarily because of it’s excellent qualities. These qualities include both flexibility and resistance. This resistance is still constant despite high temperatures.

 

For production processes like this, it is essential that all of the drones are able to operate competently in open air, consequently meaning they can cope with a plethora of the most testing climate conditions. This is something so vital because 3D printing is proving to be one of the most important tools of the future on an industrial level.

 

Marco Solfrini talks about how this technology has a real added value for industrial production, “3D printing represents one of the tools of the future on an industrial level and is destined to find more and more space in the production process. Also because it integrates perfectly with technologies like CNC and similar. In our case, it is a fundamental step in production, our drones, in fact, are assembled by combining pieces made of carbon, aluminium and 3D printed Nylon Carbon. This allows us to significantly reduce the weight of the vehicle, while maintaining efficiency and robustness.” Wasp as a company have an incredibly impressive resumé. It would only take a quick search to find out that WASP have founded and created some admirable and commendable projects. 2015 was the year of the BigDelta, a 12m high giant printer produced to build homes, thanks to complex research.

 

 

Last year In 2018 Wasp released ‘Crane WASP’, the infinite 3d printer, a collaborative 3d printing system able to print Houses. The partnership between Italdron and WASP is a great example of how the Massa Lombarda company are now a true technology that are enabling companies the capability of resolving critical issues and improving the classic production process.