Application of Sustainable Design in Additive Manufacturing of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

  • Stefan JunkEmail author
  • Werner Schröder
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 52)


A number of design rules must be adhered to in the development and manufacturing of unmanned aerial vehicles. In this, additive manufacturing, particularly in the implementation of requirements with respect to light-weight construction and sustainability, offers several advantages compared to conventional manufacturing methods. Therefore, this article will primarily introduce and compare current concepts for sustainable design using additive manufacturing. These will, above all, consist of the production of complete fuselages and wings by means of rapid prototyping or also rapid tooling. In addition, a new concept will be introduced in which a UAV using AM can be implemented through the combination of very light components and a preferably resource-saving manufacturing method. In this process, a three-dimensional spaceframe is used in combination with a covering in the construction of the wing. Hereby, the development process for sustainable design using additive manufacturing will be analyzed and the results will be explained by means of concrete case studies. In conclusion, the results of these case studies will be compared to the latest technology regarding wing span load.


Additive manufacturing Design for manufacturing Unmanned aerial vehicle Sustainable design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory for Rapid PrototypingUniversity of Applied Sciences OffenburgGengenbachGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Unmanned Aerial Systems (IUAS)University of Applied Sciences OffenburgOffenburgGermany

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