The Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (CATEC) has used the FFF technology of the JCR 1000 on various projects in the aerospace sector. In this particular case, it has been used to manufacture a lattice which has been placed into the slides of a multirotor, specifically in the lowest part, almost touching the ground, to hold the electromagnets and an altimeter laser.
The multirotor, along with the latticework, has been used in experiments carried out as part of the ‘Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge’ (MBZIRC), which is currently the largest international robotics competition in the world, with 5 million USD in sponsorships and prizes. In the MBZIRC, the latest scientific and technological achievements in robotics are applied in three “Challenges” and a “Grand Challenge” which combines all three of them.
CATEC has participated as part of the AL-ROBOTICS team, which is one of the few teams that receives sponsorship from the organizers, after being selected among the 46 participating teams, which in turn were chosen from among 143 applications from around the world.
For “Challenge 3”, a team of aerial robots must work together to search for, locate, track and grab static and moving objects, fully automatically. This piece has been used to grab static and moving objects whilst in flight.