With the Talon X1 Educational Drone Kit, however, kids will have firsthand experience and feel of flying a real quadcopter but best of all – flying their own drone.
Airwolf 3D, a 3D printer manufacturer based in Costa Mesa California, has released a 3D printing kit that’s specifically meant for students which comes with everything that is required for building and flying a quadcopter.
The Talon X1 Educational Drone Kit is the companys first kit in a new line of STEM 3D printing kits that Airwolf 3D would like to launch. Talon X1 Drone is designed entirely to aid in the STEM Education Curriculum. The main objective behind this invention is to arouse a new excitement among kids about STEM through a fun and technologically focused solution. That is the reason why the company has combined two of the most popular areas in the tech world: drones and 3D printing.
There is no doubt that young students will quickly embrace the idea of flying their own camera-equipped drone. The question is will they be as thrilled and have the patience to 3D print the desired parts of the drone first?
A team from Airwolf 3D went to Chaparral Middle School in Diamond Bar, CA, to demonstrate the drone building process to a class of young learners. One of the things that really surprised the team was the level of sophistication and technological know-how that the young students displayed. By the end of the session, the key conclusion made was kids catch on fast.
Therefore, Airwolf 3Ds goal of increasing the interest around STEM education is highly likely to be achieved through Talon X1. In that, for the project to be successfully completed; participating students will have mastered the key fundamentals of science, math, Design, engineering and 3D printing.
Opening up a New Demographic
Developing the Talon X1 3D printed drone for schools and young kids is definitely a brilliant step by Airwolf 3D because the company is basically opening up its products to a new demographic. The good thing is it’s a win win situation since kids will also get to learn about modern technology at a young age, which can have enormous benefits in terms of expanding their creativity over time.
Airwolf 3D will be exposing youngsters to the best of two worlds – drone technology and 3D printing. Not to mention, there will be tones of hands-on experience that schools which invest in this educational kit will get to give their students such as lessons involving Prototyping, 3D printing and design. The kit will also encompass soldering, electrical engineering, Programming and 3D Printing .
Eva Wolf, Co-Founder and CEO of Airwolf 3D said:
“Here at Airwolf 3D, we take time to play every day. We explore and invent every day. It’s all part of a continual effort to foster a culture of creativity and innovation. It’s also our job to fully understand our customers’ needs and problems. When you combine that with a passionate team that is constantly pushing the creative and technical limits of our 3D printers, you come up with some truly innovative solutions like the new Talon X1 drone kit. It’s just the first of a series of Airwolf 3D printing kits that we’re designing for easy use in a classroom setting.”
Increased Focus on Drones
Airwolf 3D has for a long time only been known as a company that manufactures 3D printers. However, the company has taken on a new focus on drones. Airwolf 3D Creative Director, Tyler Caros, has several years of professional experience in the development of 3D Printed Drones. Apparently, he is also the brain behind the Talon X1 education kit.
Prior to working for Airwolf 3D, Caros built a number of 3D printed drones for use on TV and some of his creations actually went on to appear in Germany’s Next Top Model and American Pickers. So evidently, Airwolf 3D is getting the best people on its team to expand the new line of drone products that it intends to bring to the market.
“Over the years, teachers have asked me for advice on fun ways to bring 3D printers into the Classroom and get students excited to learn about STEM. With drones being such a popular technology right now, the choice to combine it with 3D printing was a no-brainer.”
So is Talon X1 the only 3D printable drone kit you will find out there? Not really. There are other alternatives you can find. What makes Talon X1 to stand out as the best 3D printable drone kit option; is the fact that the kit contains virtually all the required pieces in its box. Unlike other drone kits that may require you to get components that are hard-to-find only to discover later that they have been discontinued, the single important advantage of the Talon X1 kit is completeness.
Caros said that one of the things that puts-off most teachers and discourages them to use many of the available 3D printable drone kits is that they force teachers to order individual parts, which sometimes can be outright expensive or even very difficult to come across. As a result, this ends up forcing teachers to spend too much time in getting all the mandatory pieces together before they can begin 3D printing with their students. Frankly, most teachers no longer have the time to do all this on their own.
The Talon X1 3D printed drone kit will come with the following contents:
- All hardware
- Motors, ESC’s, Power Distribution Board, Flight Controller (all electronics needed to complete the drone)
- 3s 1300mah Lithium Polymer Battery with Charger
- 2.4ghz 6 channel Radio with DSM2 Satellite Receiver
- STL Files for the Talon X1 airframe
The items required include:
- Soldering iron and solder
- PLA or ABS filament
- A 3D printer with build volume of 6 x 6 x 6”
- 4 x AA batteries
- Various tools
The Talon X1 drone kit can be preordered at $399. Users of the kit will have the opportunity to enjoy LED kits and live video feeds among other future developments because the kit is upgradable. Shipment already began in mid-July and is still underway.
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