Facilities

Lite Machines Corporation is located in the Purdue Research Park, home to over 150 high tech companies.

We have been designing and manufacturing micro-size RPVs and UAVs for over 18 years, and have manufactured and sold over 15,000 micro-helicopters worldwide since 1995.

 

CAD/CAM/CAE Design Services

Lite Machines’ uses modern computer-aided design (CAD), computer aided engineering (CAE) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) technology to quickly develop innovative products and production processes. From solid modeling CAD software to finite element analysis (FEA) software to kinematic analysis Lite Machines has the tools to develop emerging technologies in the aerospace industry.

In-House Prototyping and Tooling

Lite Machines maintains a full CNC machine shop including a custom 4-axis CNC vertical machining center for high-speed machining, a 150 Amp CNC EDM (electric discharge machine) for cutting steel tools and assemblies, 400 amp TIG welder for welding aluminum and small parts, and a computerized automatic spot welder for delicate welds on rotor control assemblies, MIG and Plasma cutting capabilities. The shop also has a full complement of manually operated machines for miscellaneous work. All prototype and production tooling is designed and built in-house with the result that lead times and tooling costs are significantly reduced.

In-House Plastic Molding

Lite Machines plastic injection molding machines and associated support equipment and specializes in molding complex plastic parts with multiple cross-hole geometries (as would generally be found in aerospace assemblies).

In-House CNC Metal Working

Lite Machines owns and operates modern multi-axis horizontal machining centers equipped with live tools for in-cycle machining and threading of cross holes and complex milled geometry. Each production machine is configured for a different style of part and all can be used for machining high precision aircraft components from aluminum, steel, titanium and engineering plastics..