Eliminating The Limitations of Industrial 3D Printing
Additive Manufacturing is a 3D printing technology that uses lasers to melt fine metal powders one layer at a time. This allows the creation of complex metal parts that traditional industrial 3d printing technologies cannot.
The Problem with Traditional AM Systems
Investing in traditional industrial 3d printing technologies has several limitations when producing high-value metal parts. Here are a few notable examples:
Lack of Printer Robustness, Consistency, and Reliability
System Capacity Utilisation And Headcount Growth
A Lower Level Of Metal Powder Management & Safety
Fast Calibration For Part-To-Part And Printer-To-Printer Consistency
One of the primary additive manufacturing advantages is that lasers can be easily matched to a fixed reference utilizing our automated laser to laser calibration process. This guarantees consistent favorable results and scales output without requiring multiple printer calibrations.
Low Productivity = Reduced Profitability
Our high throughput parameter sets, combined with a level of automation that is unique in the market allows up to 8 sequential builds without any manual intervention - for >90% OEE with a single shift.
Easy and Safe Operation
Safety Issues In Metal Additive Manufacturing
Our automated de-powdering system combined with a bulk hopper for powder loading/unloading will increase quality, lower the risk of exposure, and exceed all HSE standards for fire and operator safety.
Additive Manufacturing is Shaping the future
Laser Powder Bed Fusion Market Share
Size Of Metal AM Market
Projected Metal AM Market Growth In The Next 5 Years
Of Metal AM Users Are In Full Production
Discover The Advantages Of Additive Manufacturing In Different Industries
The MetalFAB1 Provides Us With a Competitive Advantage in Industrial 3d Printing
Additive Industries is our preferred partner because they listen to their customers and have a deep understanding of the requirements for Metal AM productions. The MetalFAB1 is a well thought system that gives 3rd Dimension flexibility and a distinct competitive advantage.
Bob Markley - Addman Group, USA
Novel or Legacy?
The Additive Manufacturing workflow begins with determining whether you want a novel part designed or if you want to print a legacy part. The most advantageous scenario is to go with a completely redesigned part where you can fully utilize the possibilities of Additive Manufacturing.
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No matter where you are on your journey!
Novices can count on our help with training or part re-design. We may also put them in touch with our network of contract manufacturers, who can assist in determining the viability of the part.
R&D users may employ entry-level systems that are scalable to production systems in the future, allowing their team to prototype and develop materials. The system puts safety in industrial 3d printing as a priority, with extremely reliable output quality.
As customers gain expertise, we routinely support them with production ramp-up, new engineer training, and fresh material development to expand the application field for their additive parts even further.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Is Metal Additive Manufacturing A Mature Technology?
Yes! Many businesses have adopted the technology, including highly regulated ones like medical and aerospace. Industrial metal additive manufacturing is utilized to manufacture end parts for usage in demanding environments.
Do I Need To Specifically Design Parts For This Technology?
Every manufacturing technology, whether machining, casting, or forging, has its own set of design constraints or tolerances. It is best to build expressly for AM to reap the full benefits of its design, supply chain, and functionality. Nevertheless, even legacy components that cannot be redesigned are viable candidates for AM. In case you require support, our Additive Studios team can provide guidance on the specifics of your component portfolio.
What Materials Are Most Commonly Used?
Metal Additive Manufacturing is primarily utilized with:
- Nickel-based superalloys such as 718
- Steels such as 316L stainless and M300 tool-steel
- Aluminum alloys such as AlSi10Mg and AlSi7Mg
- Titanium Ti-6Al-4V
Do I Require Specially Trained Personnel To Adopt This Technology?
Yes, engineers and operators will usually need specialized training. Additive Studios is able to assist with the development of training courses as well as daily operations. This will ensure that your teams can fully capitalize on the advantages of this manufacturing technology while operating the printing systems safely and reliably.
Will This Technology Be Beneficial To All Industries?
Today, only a handful of industries have not yet incorporated metal additive manufacturing. The medical and aerospace sectors were two of the earliest adopters of this technology, driven by the desire for better patient care and lighter weighting. Most start by using additive manufacturing for prototyping to accelerate product development, while others use this technology to identify components that are suitable for final production via metal additive manufacturing.