Advanced Composites has Additive Manufacturing capabilities! This is a value-added service that provides accurate and consistent results that we tailor to your business. Highly complex 3D prints, industrial-grade materials, and maximum performance with ultimate accessibility create a future-ready 3D printing experience.
Advanced Composites understands additive design and manufacturing. Some items that need to be considered with 3D printed components are
• Selected materials dictate the machining, post processing, and final part mechanical properties
• Critical dimensions may need to be machined during post processing
• Surface finish may also require post processing
• Datum points must be established upfront
• Larger structures can be made by assembling smaller-sized components
• Supports must be designed in; being minimal in number and their eventual removal without damaging the part
• Complex geometries must also be part of the overall design
• Keep holes round
• Avoid necking from thin to thick transitions
The standards organization ASTM International compares the two terms in their definition: “Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, uses computer-aided design to build objects layer by layer.”
Professional Additive Manufacturing
Normally deployed solely for prototyping purposes, AM is now increasingly used for simple parts, spare parts, small production runs, and even tooling. For engineering with metals, the ability to use prevailing materials such as steel, aluminum (alloys or superalloys) such as Inconel has significantly eased the process of adopting AM in every day practices.
AM (Additive Manufacturing) is the progression of manufacturing a product piece by piece or layer by layer instead of using outdated molding or subtractive approaches. AM has turned out to be one of the most revolutionary technology developments in manufacturingof innovative structures. Frequently referred to as 3-D printing, the well-known forms of AM today rest on the material: FDM (fused deposition modeling), SLA (stereolithography), SLS (selective laser sintering) in plastics, and direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) and laser metal deposition (LMD) in metals.
In the interim, the number of materials that AM can do is continuously escalating. A wide series of new plastics has been technologically advanced, along with procedures and machines for printing with ceramics, cement, graphene, glass, paper, living cells and even wood. Requests are now available in industries fluctuating from aerospace to automotive, from consumer goods to health care (artificial human tissue applications have been produced using AM).