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Feb 17, 2021

Modified Laser Cutter Fabricates a Ready to Fly Drone

Posted by in categories: computing, drones, military

This bolt-on system creates a drone that can fly straight out of your fabricator.


It’s been very cool to watch 3D printers and laser cutters evolve into fairly common tools over the last decade-ish, finding useful niches across research, industry, and even with hobbyists at home. Capable as these fabricators are, they tend to be good at just one specific thing: making shapes out of polymer. Which is great! But we have all kinds of other techniques for making things that are even more useful, like by adding computers and actuators and stuff like that. You just can’t do that with your 3D printer or laser cutter, because it just does its one thing—which is too bad.

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