3D Printing for Aerospace & UAVs: Flight-Ready Parts with CRP Technology's Windform® Composites

3D Printing Flight-Ready Composite Parts for UAVs & Space Applications

Windform composites deliver the industry’s best weight-to-density ratio, resulting in drone components up to 60% lighter than those manufactured with traditional methods By Mike Ball / 29 Mar 2024
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CRP Technology is a leader in certified 3D printing for the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), aerospace and space industries, and the creator of the Windform® range of composite materials that have been specifically designed for these demanding applications. UST is delighted to welcome CRP Technology on board as a supplier partner, and we will be highlighting their unique solutions and capabilities across our channels over the next 12 months.

We’ve just launched CRP Technology’s UST supplier profile, which has been written and built by our team in collaboration with the company. The Silver profile showcases their capabilities as well as the lightweight yet high-strength Windform composites, which are ideal for creating flight-ready components that can withstand the harsh conditions of aerospace and space environments.

Watch the video below to learn more about CRP Technology’s capabilities, then read on to find out more:

Carbon and glass-fiber Windform composites deliver the industry’s best weight-to-density ratio, resulting in drone components up to 60% lighter than those manufactured with traditional methods. This translates directly to extended flight times, increased payload capacity, and reduced fuel consumption for your UAV/UAS.

3d printed tail rotor gear box housingWindform composites aren’t just light – they are also tough and durable. Extensively tested in real-world aerospace applications, they can withstand extreme temperatures, chemicals, and high shock and vibration. UAV, satellites and deployers manufactured in Windform are currently operational in long-lasting missions in harsh environments.

The Windform family of composites includes a wide range of options, with a solution for almost any drone design requirement:

Windform SL Low-density polyamide materialWindform SL – low-density polyamide material with high stiffness and excellent heat resistance, ideal for UAV airframes and arms
Windform RS – lightweight carbon-filled composite with high stiffness and strength and excellent impact resistance – ideal for heavy-duty and mission-critical components
Windform SP – impact-resistant and waterproof material for demanding shock and vibration-heavy environments
Windform SP Impact-resistant and waterproof materialWindform XT 2.0 – space-grade material with excellent strength and stiffness, suitable for both functional prototypes and production
Windform FR1 – halogen-free flame-retardant composite with UL 94 V-0 and FAR 25.853 compliance
Windform FR2 – glass fiber-filled flame-retardant composite with electrical insulation properties
Windform GT – glass fiber-filled electrically insulated material with high flexibility and resistance to impact, shock and vibration
Windform GT Glass fiber-filled electrically insulated materialWindform LX 3.0 – next-generation glass fiber composite with excellent surface finish, ideal for components requiring aesthetic qualities
Windform RL – rubber-like thermoplastic material resistant to repeated bending and torsion, with good shock absorption
Windform FX Black – impact-resistant polyamide with behaviour similar to polypropylene and ABS injection moulded parts
Windform TPU – thermoplastic polyurethane material with excellent flexibility and shock absorption, ideal for robotics parts such as joints, pipes and connection tubes
Windform GF – aluminium and glass fiber filled polyamide with excellent surface definition, suited to intake ducts and fuel systems

To find out more about CRP Technology and their Windform composites for aerospace and space applications, please visit their profile page:

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact