Chinese manufacturer of 3D printers DediBot on exhibition TCT Asia surprised those gathered with the prototype of the flying 3D printer Fly Elephant.
How it works
Fly Elephant - this is quite common with mind drone with with six rotors, the base of which is fixed an extruder for feeding the printed material. It can be plastic, concrete or other building materials for 3D printing. By statement of the creators, he does it's clever enough, allowing you to type with accuracy in 0.1 millimeter.
Why do I need a flying printer at all?
The authors of the project are sure that Fly Elephant will become indispensable in the construction of complex objects. Thanks to the software, several print drones can be combined into building brigades, after which a whole swarm of flying printers will be able to work on one and the same object, using different materials. The there is no replacement with an industrial printer, and addition. While the first will build skeletons of buildings, Fly Elephant will be able to work on smaller details in hard-to-reach places.
Developers drones also talk about interesting perspective print in In outer space or under water, but for this they it will be necessary to solve many problems, such as a weak autonomy of the system.
Source: New Atlas