The E-Plane Company is a long-range drone manufacturing company hailing from IIT Madras’ National Centre for Combustion Research and Development (NCCRD).
For their long-range drones, the weight of the drone is one of the biggest performance factors alongside battery capacity. Drones with carbon fiber body can provide this low weight while keeping high strength and stiffness.The e-Plane Company reached out to Fabheads with a requirement of a unique drone with a Monocoque Carbon Fibre Structure. Fabheads has been a part of the e-Plane project almost since its inception. From the initial design phase until the delivery of a completely finished product, Fabheads played a crucial role by providing Design Consultancy, Industry Advice, R&D Support, and end-to-end fabrication for them.
The Challenge!A company like ePlane would typically have two methods of fabrication:
- The expensive option of making the tool out of any metal. Or
- Use of cheapest foam moulds that have no reusability and hence not ideal for mass production.