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Processses & Materials

Metal Additive Manufacturing

ADDMAN can produce highly complex products using cutting-edge metal printing technologies, such as laser powder bed fusion. We help companies establish a tactical roadmap for developing additive manufacturing capabilities in order to gain a competitive advantage.

The process

What is Metal Additive Manufacturing?

Laser metal additive is an advanced manufacturing process that involves using a high-powered laser to fuse metal powder layer by layer, creating a three-dimensional object. This process allows for the creation of complex geometries and intricate designs that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with traditional manufacturing methods.

Primary benefits of additive manufacturing, specifically laser powder bed fusion, include:

Increased design flexibility: Additive manufacturing allows for the creation of complex geometries and intricate designs that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with traditional manufacturing methods.

Reduced waste: Because laser powder bed fusion only uses the exact amount of material required to create the desired object, it generates less waste than traditional manufacturing methods.

Improved efficiency: AM can produce parts faster than traditional manufacturing methods, reducing lead times and improving time-to-market for new products.

 

Machine Capabilities

ADDMAN utilizes a variety of industrial laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF) machines to consistently challenge the boundaries of printable shapes and applications for their customers. We create tailored material parameter sets to fabricate rocket thruster assemblies, fuel nozzles/injectors, and high-performance thermal management assemblies specifically for the aerospace and space industries. Various state-of-the-art machines are employed by ADDMAN, including:

  • 3D Systems – ProX 320
  • Additive Industries Metal Fab1
  • GE Additive’s Concept Laser M2
  • EOS – M100, M270, M290, M400-1, M400-4
  • Renishaw 500M¬†
  • Velo3D – Sapphire and XC

Materials

From high-efficiency nozzles to tooling, ADDMAN works with a wide range of materials. As well as traditional additive alloys, our team can create parts with refractory metals like niobium.

  • Aluminum
  • Titanium
  • Variety of Steels
  • Copper
  • Inconel Alloys
  • Cobalt Chrome
  • Niobium
  • And many more

Post-Processing

HEAT TREATMENT

Mission critical quality often requires post-print processes like vacuum heat treatment, stress relief, and hot isostatic pressing (HIP) to reduce internal part stresses and optimize the properties of printed parts. After these processes, parts are typically removed from the build plate using wire electric discharge machining (wire EDM).

MACHINING

Many parts still require precision machining after heat treatment processes to meet tight tolerances. To provide a complete solution, ADDMAN offers over 100 traditional machines, including 5-axis CNC machines, turning stations, and wire EDM systems.

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