Renishaw, HiETA & nTopology Support Cobra Aero in the Design, Development and Production of a Novel UAV Engine

April 22, 2020

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Cobra Aero, a successful producer of two-stroke engines for UAV applications approached Renishaw to understand how they could incorporate additive manufacturing into their existing manufacturing portfolio. Cobra had a vision for the use of metal AM in their business, and enlisted additional help from HiETA and nTopology to help drive the development of an innovative engine design. Leveraging the design opportunities of AM and the expertise of the partners involved, Cobra have devised a pioneering and extremely performant new engine design. Moreover, Cobra have explored the applications space including production of tooling, complex componentry and highly customized components in their sister motorcycle business, Cobra Moto.

Primary Topics:

  • Design for Manufacture
  • Aerospace Design
  • Complex Structures for Heat Exchange
  • Product Innovation and Testing

Kevin Brigden
Additive Applications Engineer, Renishaw
Kevin has a master's degree in engineering with honors in motorsports engineering from the University of Central Lancashire, England. A member of a team of technical specialists, he brings a skill-set centered in computer-aided engineering (CAE) including computer-aided design (CAD), finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). During Kevin's time with Renishaw, he has led and consulted on numerous design projects in collaboration with partners and customers from aerospace, automotive, space and defense and medical engineering. Kevin is at the forefront of the design for additive manufacture (DfAM) movement, with many of his characteristic and innovative designs widely recognized and imitated.