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Follow Verstappen on the new RB20 at 350 kph on a 3D printed drone

It was printed (and re-printed and re-printed) by Dutch Drone Gods

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This is Formula 1 like you’ve never seen it before: drone manufacturer Dutch Drone Gods developed a 3D printed drone that can fly at 350 kph to keep up with and follow Max Verstappen’s brand-new Red Bull Racing RB20 F1 car for a full lap of Silverstone’s Grand Prix Circuit.

The world’s first uninterrupted FPV one shot was captured by a manually piloted custom-built drone, designed specifically for the challenge of keeping up with the car at speeds of over 300kph. It took Red Bull and the Dutch Drone Gods over a year to create a drone that can accelerate two times faster than an F1 car, reaching 300 kph in just 4 seconds with a top speed of over 350 kph.

Follow Verstappen on the new RB20 at 350 kph on a 3D printed drone that was printed (and re-printed and re-printed) buy Dutch Drone Gods

Needless to say, the development was accelerated by access to know-how and processes (including a lot of 3D printing) of Red Bull Advanced Technologies, a high-performance engineering arm of Oracle Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team and trialed behind the RB8 and RB19 cars driven by Liam Lawson and David Coulthard.

The video shows how many iterations have been necessary in order to get a drone with parts that would not brake or burn up under the extreme stresses they were subjected to during the shoot. This is a testament to the quality of parts that can be produced with 3D printing and also to the unique possibilities that can be achieved by rapid and multi-iterative functional prototyping. In the end, the quality of the video is so incredible that even F1 World Champion Max Verstappen can’t believe his eyes.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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