Aero Kinetics, the first company to file for FAA Type Certification for multi-rotor unmanned aircraft, has partnered with SLM Solutions NA to bring advanced metal 3D printing technology to Aero Kinetics’ latest generation multi-rotor vertical takeoff and land (VTOL) UAS.
“We are thrilled to have SLM on board with our program,” commented W. Hulsey Smith. “The safety, speed, and quality of SLM’s machines are well suited to produce ultra-lightweight structural components for unmanned aircraft. When coupled with Aero Kinetics' subject matter expertise in design for additive metal manufacturing, we will reduce weight in our critical structural components. SLM and their technology help us deliver unmanned aircraft to our clients with the most advanced 3D printing technology.”
The use of additive technology for metal part prototypes and production manufacturing allows Aero Kinetics to rapidly produce complex, fully optimised, aerospace-grade components. By integrating additive metal technologies into unmanned aircraft, Aero Kinetics improves component life cycle and makes the vehicle more practical than the common hobbyist systems currently on the market.
Aero Kinetics is using SLM Solution's metal 3D printing solutions to create parts for UAS.
“We are excited about the opportunity to work with a leading innovator in the VTOL segment like Aero Kinetics, in attaining FAA certification for parts built on SLM Solutions products,” said James Fendrick, Vice President of Sales & Marketing-NA. “We believe there is true value in proving that our products are capable of manufacturing parts that are flight worthy, and able to pass strict FAA requirements.”
By incorporating industry-leaders from aerospace industry and beyond, Aero Kinetics continues to develop critical teaming partners to assist its growing international customer base in the critical infrastructure, disaster/emergency response, border security, ranching and electronic news-gathering industries.