RACE DRONE VS 3D PRINTED PROPELLERS – alfawise u10 3d printer


We 3D printed some propellers on the alfawise u10 review – link to printer and rclifeon’s channel …


  1. There are some really good plastic filaments that can handle the strain of drones. Try some of the carbon nylon filaments. Somewhat flexible, while more rigid than usual nylon.

  2. My bet was they would break while tightening the nut to hold them on lol. Surprising to see they actually held up until a crash. I think in the near future, printing props will actually be a viable option.

  3. i think you best bet would be printing in ABS and acetone smoothing the props then balancing them , i doubt that printer can do nylon stock would likely need a new hotend and firmware flash to even get hot enough.

    PETG would be a another great option but i don't know of any easy to get a hold of and not highly toxic chemicals you could use to smooth it. (same goes for PLA ont he smoothing side of things that stuff for that is pretty nasty).

    Also anyone notice that printer seems like a clone of the creality 3d-printers? almost looks like a direct rip of the CR-10 S4 but with 100mm more height.

  4. 3-d printed pros?? wow cool to see them actually work for most part. Who knows what the future holds 😛
    Sidenote are those riot shields available in the Rotor Riot store now?

  5. Hey guys, awesome video. I have asked a couple questions about 3d printed parts on the q and a, so great to see you do this demo. I have a xyz da Vinci 3.1 aio. I have made some frames, have yet to do props yet. I'll try those tomorrow. Thanks again Stu. Great work.

  6. dont they have fiber infused filament I feel like 3d printed props could be a reality if more experimentation was done it would be nice to see props specifically tailored to certain motors and cell counts being shared

  7. I got a Prusa i3 Mk3. I've only leveled the bed once – when I put it together. The auto-leveling it does by measuring the bed before each print means great prints, along with a heap of other new features other printers don't have.

  8. having been into 3d printing for a very long time i thought i might weigh in. Firstly, its not a good idea. It'd get you out of a bind if you were stuck, but you wouldn't really want to do this beyond prototyping designs. If i were going to print such things, i would use impact modified PLA (has many properties you'd want in a propeller, hard to warp, great layer adhesion, doesnt shatter and amazingly strong). Secondly, get a prop balance and balance them. On the plus side you could make lighter props by changing the infill but there are significant drawbacks like they're not really going to last and ultimately its going to end up being more expensive – other materials you could try, obviously PLA (tends to shatter and possibly be dangerous here), ABS (hard to print something like a prop without getting into problems of warping), PETG an Nylon are probably both just a little too flexible for something like this. Lastly, one of the issues you'll have is even if you balance them, they're going to be rough and if your sand them you're going to have a hard time keeping the profile of each blade on a prop the same (one blade pushing more than the rest causes the same issues as being unbalanced), ultimately they'll hurt the motors they're attached to. Lastly, if you do want to print props, do tri-blades on a delta printer, cartesian style printers tend favour their x/y axis in odd ways.


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