3D metal printing technology will form part of Aero Kinetics’ multi-rotor vertical takeoff and land (VTOL) unmanned aircraft.
3D metal printing technology will form part of Aero Kinetics’ multi-rotor vertical takeoff and land (VTOL) unmanned aircraft.

Aero Kinetics has partnered with SLM Solutions NA to bring 3D metal printing technology to Aero Kinetics’ multi-rotor vertical takeoff and land (VTOL) unmanned aircraft.

‘The safety, speed, and quality of SLM’s machines are well suited to produce ultra-lightweight structural components for unmanned aircraft,’ said W. Hulsey Smith, Aero Kinetics’ founder. ‘When coupled with Aero Kinetics' subject matter expertise in design for additive metal manufacturing, we will reduce weight in our critical structural components.’

The use of additive technology for metal part prototypes and production manufacturing allows Aero Kinetics to produce aerospace-grade components. It also helps mitigate the obsolescence commonly associated with the hobbyist systems on the market.

This story is reprinted from material from Aero Kinetics, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.