As the capabilities and popularity of drones grow among consumers and businesses users alike, unmanned aerial system (UAS) manufacturers can find it tough to keep pace with demand. As a result, many are now turning to faster 3D printing of key components.

Skydio leads the UAS 3D printing charge

Companies (and even some individual droning geeks) who’ve embraced 3D printing for parts praise its many advantages. The process often involves composite materials that wind up being stronger and lighter than traditional plastics and metal. It also significantly cuts planning-to-production time lags of parts that virtually never require retooling before delivery.

And if all that isn’t good enough, 3D printing options often wind up costing UAS manufacturers as much or less that earlier methods.

Skydio was the first drone heavyweight to go the 3D route. Last December it partnered with Arris to supply composite components for the Skydio X2. The result was lighter, stronger…