Additive Manufacturing Solutions

What is Additive Manufacturing?

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3DPrinting, is a process used to create a physical (or 3D) object by layering materials one by one based on a digital model. Unlike subtractive manufacturing that creates its final product by cutting away from a block of material, additive manufacture adds parts to form its final product.  Additive manufacturing is prominent in Discrete manufacturing and growing in Process Manufacturing with the creation of foods, use in healthcare and other process based solutions.

Why Additive Manufacturing?

Additive manufacturing allows industries to create many in-shop items that assist in the over all efficiency of the shop floor.  These items include, tool holders, jigs, molds, as well as, prototypes and temporary machine parts.

Types of Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing can encompass multiple processes, depending on the hardware, material requirements, and product application.

Vat Photopolymerization

A vat of photopolymer liquid is cured by focused UV light that builds parts layer by layer for a high-detail surface finish.

Binder Jetting

A power substrate is hardened when the printing head deposits a drop of binding fluid in a layering process. Includes full-color prototype fabrication.

Material Jetting

Primarily used where surface finished and form testing are needed; a printhead lays down successively solidifying layers of UV curable material to form prototyped designs.

Material Extrusion

Fused deposition modeling is a common 3D printing process in which a heated nozzle extrudes a plasticized material to form products from a sliced CAD model.

Power Bed Fusion

Laser or electron beams rapidly fuse layered powder material, such as various metals, together. Used for circuits, structures, and parts.

Sheet Lamination

Ribbons of metal or paper are bonded through ultrasonic welding or adhesive, respectively; the finished shaping is completed through further material removal processes.

Directed Energy Deposition

Repairs or adds to existing components by using a multi-axis nozzle to extrude laser-melted material, commonly metal powders, onto the printing surface.

Metal Casting

Using generative design and simulation software to produce complex metal parts helps manufacturers get more value from proven metal casting processes.

How to Design for Additive Manufacturing

Additive engineering is evolving at a fast pace. 3D printing now involves metal laser sintering, powder bed fusion, and even hybrid techniques involving casting and robotics

3D printing provides manufacturers with prototyping, advanced tooling and production applications. 3D printed parts are now commonplace on aircraft and spacecraft — cementing the technology as an engineering mainstay.
Our additive solutions allow aerospace manufacturers to:

  • Create certified production parts

    Fly with less weight, reduce complexity, and simplify production with certified 3D printed parts.

  • Conduct Rapid Prototyping and 3D print Injection Molds

    Solve design challenges before committing to expensive and time-consuming tooling and production.

  • 3D Print Composite Tooling

    Streamline the cost and complexities of aerospace production with on-demand composite tools.

  • 3D Print Jigs and Fixtures

    With 3D printed tooling you can avoid high machining costs for custom tools or parts needed for individual repairs and restorations.