A big part of the drone community is the special pride of ownership hobbyists have with their craft, which includes the initial build and any subsequent drone repairs. Spare parts are a must, given the abuse these machines endure; however, there are other essential must-haves such as specialty coatings and adhesives owners can use to ruggedize and extend the drone’s life span. Fortunately, MG Chemicals has solutions that address common issues drones encounter during flight such as overheating, moisture ingression, corrosion and electromagnetic interference.
Protective Coatings for Various Elements
Drones are a part of many industries including film, agriculture and defense. Consequently, they are routinely exposed to many harmful elements such as rain, snow, humidity, corrosive gasses, smog and dust, all of which can severely damage the drone components. Conformal coatings such as our 422B & 422C are easy-to-use, 1-part silicone-modified coatings that protect critical circuits within the camera, flight controller and speed controller.
Another critical parameter for drones to maintain flight is high signal fidelity with ground communication systems. It is vital that neighbouring radio signals do not interfere with the drone’s various guidance and correction systems, making electromagnetic shielding essential. Conductive coatings like our 842AR provide exceptional attenuation of external electromagnetic fields, ensuring the proper and uninterrupted operation of the drone.
Adhesives for Construction and Repair
Structural adhesives like our 9200 are popular alternatives over conventional methods of securing body panels, like spot welding, as they’re easy to use and reduce the weight of the drone without compromising the structural integrity. This 2-part epoxy is available in a convenient cartridge system, which eliminates the typical hassles of using 2-part epoxy systems and provides an exceptionally strong hold on substrates such as metals, plastics, carbon fibre, glass and wood. For flame retardancy, consider our 9200FR.
Thermal management is another common issue with most electronics that specialty adhesives like our 8329TCM help address. These 2-part epoxies bond heat sinks and heat spreaders onto CPUs and GPUs to conduit heat away from the circuit and prevent overheating.