Aero Kinetics, the first company to file for FAA Type Certification for multi-rotor unmanned aircraft, partnered with SLM Solutions to bring advanced 3D metal printing technology to Aero Kinetics’ latest generation multi-rotor vertical take-off and land (VTOL) UAS.
“We are thrilled to have SLM on board with our program,” says W. Hulsey Smith, Chairman and Principal Executive of Aero Kinetics. “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 optimized, aerospace-grade components. By integrating additive metal technologies into unmanned aircraft that others thought impossible, Aero Kinetics improves component life cycle and mitigates the obsolescence commonly associated with the hobbyist systems on the market.
James Fendrick, Vice President of Sales & Marketing-NA: “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. 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 has developed UAS solutions that are unmatched in today’s market. Aero Kinetics continues to develop critical teaming partners to assist their growing international customer base in the critical infrastructure, disaster/emergency response, border security, ranching and electronic newsgathering industries.