The flexibility from having an N2 in-house saved precious time from what otherwise would have been ‘ugly’ hand-made prototyping.
Brainy Bee UAV is a professional UAV system development and integration company. A UAV is an unmanned aerial vehicle such as a drone, or an aircraft without a human pilot aboard.
The company independently developed their industrial grade navigation control system and other UAV core technologies. Brainy Bee is qualified and covers all aspects such as: integrated design, model verifying/testing, production and system integrations for small size UAV systems. Its core competitiveness allows Brainy Bee UAV to customize its UAV system for military and security fields.
In 2016, the company purchased their Raise3D N2. Engineer Lu is the primary user within the company. Lu studied industrial design, specializing in UAV during his undergraduate. He has two years of experience in UAV design. In terms of UAV design, he defines size, shape outline, rotor blade and motor size, and optimization.
The pan-tilt-zoom camera mount prototype with camera installed.
Brainy Bee UAV currently uses their Raise3D N2 printer for prototyping in the pan-tilt-zoom camera mount. The PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) camera is a camera that is capable of remote directional and zoom control.
Lu first designed the PTZ mount with optimization for 3D printing in mind. This is designed and exported in an .STL format. Once the model is printed, the parts can be directly assembled with the UAV hull and a sports camera can be mounted for direct testing.
Before 3D printing, Lu not only needs to design but also prepare 2D drawings. According to specifications made on the 2D drawing, he would measure, cut, drill and screw fiberglass or carbon fiber plates together to create a rough prototype simply consisting of the measurements and basic function. These prototypes only ensure function testing like installment and mounting. The appearance is very ugly and far from the original design.
With N2, Lu can directly print a final version of the PTZ mount complete with full functions, but without investing time or energy in hand-crafting work.
Final product installed on UAV
Creating a PTZ mount by hand would be a week-long process of hand labor. When 3D printing, the PTZ is completed in no more than 10 hours, and the only involvement was in the initial design. Just in time alone, this has decreased the production time by 94.05%