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Airframe design is an important factor in the design of unmanned aircraft. A common challenge encountered is requiring one part to serve several functions, and the materials best suited for an individual function are often ill-suited for the others.

A recent collaboration in the drone industry will result in lighter, longer-range, and more robust aircraft structures at scale for enterprise, public sector and defense customers. US drone manufacturer Skydio and Arris have redefined airframe design leveraging Additive Molding, Arris’s carbon fiber manufacturing technology. 

The unique properties of Arris’s Additive Molding carbon fiber allows us to optimize the strength, weight, and radio signal transparency of the Skydio X2 airframe, according to the company’s announcement. The molding technology allows the manufacture of composite parts that are stronger than titanium with region-specific property optimization while offering the geometry and design flexibility of an injection molded part.  Skydio X2 pairs autonomy software with a rugged, foldable airframe for easy “pack and go” transportation, and up to 35 minutes of flight time. 

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