The Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) technology
is widely used in rapid prototyping. 3D printers for
home desktop applications are usually employed to make
non-structural objects. When the mechanical stresses are
not excessive, this technology can also be successfully employed
to produce structural objects, not only in prototyping
stage but also in the realization of series pieces.
The innovative idea of the present work is the application
of this technology, implemented in a desktop 3D printer,
to the realization of components for aeronautical use, especially
for unmanned aerial systems. For this purpose,
the paper is devoted to the statistical study of the performance
of a desktop 3D printer to understand how the process
performs and which are the boundary limits of acceptance.
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