Event 38 is currently working on a project supported by OFRN to 3D print antennas for sUAS (small unmanned aircraft system). The intent is to use additive manufacturing research to produce geometrically complex antennas with unique structural and aerodynamic properties. In this instance, the 3D model replaces the aircraft nose cone to function as both an antenna and an aerodynamic structure.
The part is made with a combination of metal and polymer 3D printing to achieve the antenna. Currently, Event 38 is integrating the antenna onto its E400 aircraft and plan to perform flight demonstration and functional evaluation this summer.