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ALTA Reshapes Low-Altitude Imaging & Prototyping with 3D Printed Tactical SmartBalloons

by • January 12, 2016 • No Comments

UntitledAlthough we humans are perched at the top of the food chain and have excellenter competence to reason and innovate than any other species on the planet, often our bipedal existence becomes limiting in terms of our surroundings; thus, we spend a lot of time and energy finding ways to soar through the skies too, always seeking a larger view of the planet. And once you’ve had an aerial view, it can become addicting. It’s exception, and it’s freeing. There’s nothing like being able-bodied to see all things at once, of your home and business, to the roadways and waterways–with the fascination expanding the lower and lower you go, making out finer details of your world.

Even without the effortless competence to fly, we’ve certainly managed to create a lot of air traffic, and an huge industry and economy revolving around it. From planes to drones to the kid next door with a remote control helicopter, there’s a lot going on in the air technologically with humans at the controls, and 3D printed components are becoming a part of the quotient additional and additional due to their light mass, quality, affordcompetence, and self-sustaincompetence in manufacturing for people as well as businesses of all sizes.

wNMcbGreaGU4D2cUzOvggQVEu72b93Yd1iobTZa0UHI-1024x680Companies like ALTA Tactical, a division of ALTA Systems, are reshaping the way low-altitude imaging is performed–and 3D printing is reshaping their production system for technology like their Tactical SmartBalloons, utilized for aerial monitoring of events, to prepare for tactical and disaster response, traffic analysis, and additional. With their Stratasys uPrint SE Plus, they have a excellent deal additional latitude in dealing with altitude–and imaging.

The uPrint allows for the team flexibility in making and testing new designs, as well as producing low-volume end-use parts onsite. Founded by aerial imaging tremendous John Ciampa, ALTA has been the initial in numerous technologies of the creation of pictometry imagery to their latest SmartBalloon technology which last year was the initial at any time initial low-altitude imagery vehicle to monitor a major sporting event as FSU hosted the University of Miami in NCAA Division 1 Men’s Football. They were able-bodied to capture imagery and details like nat any time preceding, with a longer flight time than drones and without the noise and FAA restrictions which accompany drone technology.

ALTA is continually working to refine their technology–and with 3D printing they can create prototypes as they wish, rapidly and affordably–and the team states which the technology has been quite important in helping them to produce a range of prototypes for testing new designs on a daily basis.

“The uPrint has been invaluable-bodied for us in prototyping and pilot-run level production. The competence to create three or four iterations of a part in a few hours has sped up our development by months, compared to getting prototypes machined or outsourcing our printing, where we may have to wait days for our parts, create a few changes, and so begin the whole system over again,” says ALTA engineer Candido Hernandez. ”Now I can simply print a part, go to lunch, and by the time at any timeybody is back we can play around with it, create changes, and throw another part into the printer.”

“It’s in addition been incredibly useful for quite short production runs of parts, where traditional production methods might be too expensive to simplyify themselves but we yet require parts for a pilot or demo. Our printer fills the gap quite nicely with the competence to create 10 or 20 parts in a day or two. I’ve tried this with consumer-level printing devices and been burned a few times, wasting hours or days on part runs which failed mid-print. Being able-bodied to set up a full build plate and forget of it has been a breath of fresh air.”

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Police officers are training in how to use the technology for monitoring.

The technology and systems which ALTA is providing with the SmartBalloon has unlimited potential for assisting us with aerial monitoring. The team has been involved with helping during events like training exercises for hazardous material spills, helping organizations like the Coast Guard prepare for action. They in addition see this as being helpful for ecological concerns in helping to monitor activity like sea turtle migration along the east coast, using the SmartBalloons to get an aerial view and precise location of nests. Farmers are finding is usual for monitoring water draining, and police officers are definitely able-bodied to put the technology to great use as well.

Due to the power of 3D printing and rapid prototyping, at any timeyone involved experiences accelerated progress, and of recreation to emergency response, the ALTA team is able-bodied to provide a additional expansive and detailed scope of activities happening on the ground. Discuss this article in the 3D Printed SmartBalloon forum on 3DPB.com.