Your personal jet will be made by robots


It sounds like a news release written by George Jetson or a copywriter at the Neiman-Marcus Christmas catalog.

Cirrus Aircraft announced that it has invested $1 million in new robotic equipment to help produce its personal jet, the Vision SF50, at its Duluth production facility.

“We build cool airplanes, and we build them in a modern way, on the cutting edge,” said Todd Simmons, Cirrus’ executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer support told the Duluth News Tribune.

The machine features a six-axis robot arm with a 10-foot reach. It has the ability to automatically change out 40 different automated tool heads.

Simmons said Cirrus has taken more than 540 orders for the Vision SF50, which is expected to sell for $1.96 million.

Earlier this month, Cirrus announced a similar investment in its operation in Grand Forks, N.D., where it installed an autoclave to produce carbon fiber components for the jet.

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