As the UAV industry continues to grow, Medicine Hat’s fabricators and manufacturers are already well-positioned to be players in the anticipated $82 billion market. Form-Tech operations manager Ryan Hazelaar spoke with us about the company’s role in fabricating UAV and aeronautical parts.
With more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing, Form-Tech Machining and Fabrication Ltd. specializes in precision machining and welding. Their tradespeople collaborate with engineers and work with three-dimensional software to create high tolerance components for UAV’s (unmanned vehicle systems), also known as drones, and aeronautical equipment for leading edge companies, such as Qinetiq Target Systems and Amtech Aeronautical Limited.
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) anticipates the industry will grow to a $82 billion market by 2026.
Unmanned Systems Canada and Transport Canada are aware of the impending market boom and are working together to develop market-friendly, safe UAV regulations. Currently, Canada’s UAV regulations are more lenient than those south of the border, which has led to major US companies such as Amazon looking to Canada as a testing ground. In fact, companies are beginning to use nearby airspace to test their BVLOS technology.
Located near testing airspaces, Foremost Centre for Unmanned Systems and CFB Suffield, Form-Tech is in the position for clients to test equipment made with their CNC machines. The fabrication company specializes in plasma and oxy-acytelene cutting, three and four axis machining, and utilizes lathes with up to nine inches of spindle bore capacity to create military grade components.
Additionally, Form-Tech uses three-dimensional software, such as SolidWorks and GibbsCom to build components, ensuring that the finished product comes together seamlessly.
With experienced local manufacturers like FormTech and nearby testing airspace, Medicine Hat is ready for companies looking to create and test UAV technology.