Desktop Metal subsidiary for next-generation hydraulic and fluid power systems through metal additive manufacturing Aidro has become a qualified supplier of aluminum flight parts for leading aerospace, defense, and security company Leonardo through its helicopters division. Aidro is one of only two suppliers to receive the Declaration for Qualification of Process for Additive Layer Manufacturing with Leonardo.The aerospace industry is the ideal sector to take advantage of the benefits of additive manufacturing, including opening up possibilities for light weighting and more compact and complex components. In the highly-regulated aerospace industry where safety is paramount, metal AM requires qualification prior to use. Aidro achieved its AS/EN9100 certification in 2018, thereby gaining access to the aerospace industry and allowing the business to entertain collaborations with a range of companies of the sector.Leonardo offers an extensive range of modern helicopters for the commercial, public services, security and defense industries deployed in more than 150 countries worldwide. The company manages all stages of research, design, development, production, customer support and training for its advanced vertical flight solutions - from the 1.8-ton single-engine category to 16-ton three-engine aircraft - to enable operators to carry out their missions efficiently and safely.