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Poeir Jets Pvt. Ltd- R&D Subsidiary of Intech DMLS Unveils First Heavy lift Hybrid drones with 3D Printed Parts

3D printing in aerospace
3D printing in aerospace
Above: The Heavy-Lift Hybrid Drone being displayed at Aero India 2019/Image Credit: INTECH DMLS

Poeir Jets a brand promoted by M/s Poeir Jets Pvt Ltd, an R&D subsidiary of Intech DMLS, one of India’s largest service providers of metal 3D printing unveiled the country’s first Heavy lift Hybrid drones at Aero India 2019. With this launch, the company aims to establish itself as an industry leader in providing propulsion solutions to UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems).

The Heavy-lift Drones are fundamentally unmanned aircrafts with fully customizable payload options that make them suitable for a wide variety of professional applications, from Law Enforcement to Search and Rescue Operations. The company has developed the following models of heavy-lift drones:

Hybrid Drone DRE 4 is a Hexacopter powered with 4 kW APU and took its first flight in 2019. It has the capacity to lift up to 5kg in a flight time of 60 minutes.

Turbo Shaft MTS 30 is under-testing for Hybrid Drone DJE 30 and Urban Firefighting. It is suitable for multirotor craft weighing up to 200kg.

3D printing in aerospace
Above: Turbo Shaft MTS 30/Image Credit: Poeir Jets

Hybrid Drone DJE 30 is again a Hexacopter powered with 30 kW APU, currently under flight testing. It can take a payload of 75kg with a mission duration of 120 minutes.

Urban Firefighting Hopper is specially designed to restrain fire in high-rises. The hopper is jointly developed by Poeir Jets and Drone Hopper, a company in Spain. It can take a load of 180kg with a mission duration of 60 minutes.

These battery and turbine engine powered drones are suited for the global market in the fields of Heavy-Lift Cargo, Civil, Agriculture, Forestry, Defence and other strategic applications. The drones are easy to launch, assemble, service and operate. To ensure reliability they are undergoing rigorous in-house testing and are expected to be ready for the market by 2021.

Offering more details about how 3D printing technology was to build parts of the drone,  Devathathan Mookiaha, Director at Poeir said, “Intricate complex parts of the propulsion system inside drone posed challenges which the conventional manufacturing cannot meet. As a result, we used 3D printing technology to achieve the complex structure and light weight needed. We also used carbon fiber 3D Printed parts for the Drone structural parts.”

Explaining about the future plans of the company,  Mookiaha added, “The company is currently also developing an Air Tractor that has wide applications. As per our study and understanding, we have realised that there’s a good demand for such specialized equipment in the near future. Our team is constantly innovating and working on building the information bank. We are also leveraging futuristic technologies like 3D printing technology so that there is a quicker turnaround time in developing these systems. This will help us achieve the most innovative design objectives while effectively addressing market expectations.”

Expressing delight over the launch of the new Drone variants, Sridhar Balaram, Co-Founder and Director, Poeir Jets, and Founder of INTECH DMLS said, “We are happy to announce the launch of the 4 variants of these commercially viable Drone variants for global markets and India. Our expertise in 3D printing has come to the fore in developing these unique designs to address specific requirements. In line with our success in indigenously developed Microjet Engines, we see drones as presenting the next big opportunity in modern day aviation.”

This is not the first time that the company has developed such complex . The company’s earlier development on Microjet engines MJE 20 and MJE 40 has successfully undergone testing and will be ready for the market in the next 12 months.

ABOUT POEIR JETS: Poeir Jets, a brand promoted by M/s Poeir Jets Pvt Ltd, an R&D subsidiary of Intech DMLS, is India’s first private firm that has developed Jet Engines. The company provides propulsion solutions for UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Solutions)

ABOUT INTECH DMLS PVT. LTD: Intech DMLS Pvt. Ltd certified under AS 9100D and TUV Certified ISO 9001:2015, is a market leader in 3D metal printing services. 3D Metal Printing End-to-End Solutions Design, DfAM, Software solutions, Manufacturing and Post-Processing.


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