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3D printing wind tunnel model helicopter printed for DLR

 wind tunnel model

  dimension   1.84m length  
  weight   7.5kg  
  material   Multec PLA-HT  
  print time   120 h  

At the request of the German Aerospace Center, a 3D-printed helicopter wind tunnel model with a length of approx. 1.84 meters . The multi-part model is printed and screwed together in several parts.

Due to the manufacturing process in 3D printing, interior areas can be printed mostly hollow , only areas that are particularly stressed are specifically reinforced and provided with greater wall thicknesses and filling levels.

Despite its size, the model only weighs 7.5 kg and withstands wind speeds of up to 270 km/h .

Multec PLA-HT is used as the material. The material is characterized by high strength and temperature resistance.

Perfect surfaces are required for wind tunnel models to avoid incorrect measured values ​​due to turbulence. The printed model was therefore subsequently sanded down and varnished . Due to the good reworkability (grinding, drilling, etc..), PLA-HT is ideal for painted components.

Compared to the conventional production of wind tunnel models from fiber composite materials, 3D printing is faster and cheaper .

In conventional manufacturing, molds must first be milled, which are then used to manufacture components from glass/carbon fiber composites. Mold construction usually requires multi-part molds and is time-consuming and costly. The components are often manufactured by hand and this is also associated with a great deal of effort.

In 3D printing, even complex geometries can be reproduced in a single work process. Mold making is completely eliminated - depending on the size of the component, the printed component is ready for use within a few working days. Due to the additive structure of the model, material is only applied where it is needed - there is virtually no waste compared to machining.

Overall, 3D printing at Multec saved several thousand euros in mold construction costs compared to production using lamination technology, and the delivery time from the order to the finished component was reduced enormously. The ecological footprint of 3D printing with this Multec PLA-HT material is also excellent, as it is produced from renewable raw materials and is both recyclable and biodegradable.

Tags: prototyping , functional part

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