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A client from Melbourne wanted a 3D CAD design completed for a custom racing drone canopy. Drone racing is a relatively new and exciting sport wherein the competitors pilot drones via radio control using only a first-person view transmitted from a camera mounted on the drone. The goal is to complete a set course as quickly as possible like full scale air racing.
Due to the high impact nature of drone racing (the drones often crash into race gates at 80 – 100km/h) the canopy material needs to be very flexible and capable of suffering impact damage. These rule out the most commonly printed materials of ABS and PLA due to their relatively brittle properties. TPU was selected as the material of choice it is durable, abrasive resistant, flexible and most importantly able to withstand impacts.