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The construction of an Unmanned Aerial System with 3D Printing and Windform materials

News International-French

18 Mar 2013

The project was aimed at building a Special Aerial Response Automatic Helicopter: SARAH. It has involved two companies: Flying-Cam and CRP Group.

Flying-Cam ignited the close range aerial filming concept in the 1970s and has been leading the way with its Award-winning Flying-Cam II in the motion picture industry. Today Flying-Cam continues to guide the innovation with Flying-Cam 3.0 SARAH.

The Flying-Cam 3.0 SARAH is an electric VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) featuring 25 Kg TOW and 30 minutes flight time with a 5 Kg payload. SARAH stands for Special Aerial Response Automatic Helicopter. Incorporating efficient aerodynamics, innovative flight modes and modular  interchangeable payloads all in a portable unit that is quickly deployable, the SARAH system provides unprecedented centimetre precision level aerial 3-D imagery intelligence.

FLYING-CAM moved to 3D Printing in collaboration with CRP in order to accelerate iteration generation, improve manufacturing time and facilitate production in series. The main Flying-Cam parts were built using additive manufacturing and Windform materials.

CRP’s materials provided fast response time to project requirements, and thanks to Windform mechanical properties, it is possible to create functional parts with 3D Printing.

Picture: Special Aerial Response Automatic Helicopter: SARAH