Protolabs – drone deliveries to be commonplace soon

International prototype development specialists Protolabs have published research showing that commercial drone deliveries may well be commonplace by 2023.

The report by Protolabs, ‘Horizon Shift’ involved interviews with 325 aerospace business leaders from across Europe. It showed an increased acceptance for low space innovation and investment into drone tech. Some 53% of the companies consulted said that drone deliveries will be commonplace by 2023.

According to president and MD of Protolabs Europe Bjoern Klaas, the pandemic could well be a catalyst for further innovation and forcing organisations to look at ways to survive.

“A crisis can act as a catalyst for further innovation, forcing organizations to seek alternative ways to survive in rapidly changing times,” he said.

“Our report shows that right now within aerospace, the ‘low space’ sector is demonstrating agility in its approach to innovation and there is a real appetite to see it work in the UK.”

The Protolabs Europe MD concluded, “There are real opportunities for suppliers to look at ways they can deliver parts that can be used in this transition, while exploring material applications that deliver the lightweight savings and optimum performance required.”