Official Q&A: RAD 2019-2020 Usage Guidelines

3D printing replacement parts for Mambo drones


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We are starting to book a number of hours of flight time on these drones, and we are breaking a large number of propeller guards. We have also broken a few airframes. Replacement parts made by the original manufacturer are fairly expensive and hard to find.

Is it acceptable to 3D print replacement parts for the Mambo drones, as long as the replacement parts are functionally equivalent to the original parts?

If 3D replacement parts are allowable for competition use, are there any required or prohibited plastics from which the parts may be made?

If 3D replacement parts are allowable for competition, do they need to be printed with plastic of any particular color?

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3D printing replacement plastic parts that are functionally equivalent to the original is acceptable in RAD VLOS.

There are no restrictions on plastics or color as long as the 3D printed versions offer no competitive advantage and do not interfere with refereeing.

Use of red and blue propellers is still required to identify each of the two drones in the Race per <D4>.