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Firestorm Labs raises $12.5M to 3D print warfare drones

Led by Lockheed Martin Ventures and prominent defense investors

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Firestorm Labs, a California-based drone manufacturer heavily leveraging 3D printing technology, has raised $12.5M in seed investment led by Lockheed Martin Ventures and prominent defense investors – including Decisive Point, Silent Ventures, 645 Ventures, Overmatch VC, BVVC, Marquee Ventures, Cubit Capital, IronGate, Backswing Ventures, The Veteran Fund, Feld Ventures, Beyond Capital, and RedCat.

“Firestorm is excited to announce this latest round of funding that will propel the company forward to shape the rapidly evolving needs of a UAS-dominated battlefield and a defense industrial base ripe for revolutionary manufacturing models,” said Dan Magy, CEO of Firestorm Labs. “Our investors understand the pressing need for delivering technologies quickly and with the interoperability that today’s warfighters demand, and we are thrilled to welcome Lockheed Martin Ventures partnership in this mission.”

Firestorm Labs raises $12.5M to 3D print warfare drones - led by Lockheed Martin Ventures and prominent defense investors.

Bringing best-in-class engineering capabilities from the commercial advanced manufacturing space, Firestorm’s xCell line allows for its proprietary, 3D printed, interconnected, and interchangeable airframe component technology to be manufactured at the edge – an approach that will fundamentally change the nature of warfare.

“We are a new approach to an emerging global challenge,” said Chad McCoy, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Firestorm Labs. “There is a clear need within the defense technology sector to build faster and less costly systems, and simply throwing money at the issue won’t change the outcome. We found that coalescing a deep operational understanding of warfighter needs, combined with aerospace pragmatism, and a new rapid manufacturing model, allows us to stand out in a very crowded market. The goal is to create a completely new category that shakes up legacy timelines and cost.”

Firestorm has already won a range of US Department of Defense contracts, both for its modular drones and the xCell manufacturing product line. This new capital will enable Firestorm to scale its team and production to meet growing demands for its products.

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