Adding value with additive manufacturing
Additive manufacturing is the industrial version of 3D printing that utilises a large and growing range of manufacturing materials from polymers to metals. It is turning traditional manufacturing economics upside down and has moved beyond cost-effective prototyping to supplement traditional manufacturing techniques, providing significant transformation potential.
Additive manufacturing advantages include:
- Design freedom with generative design
- Fabrication of low volume and/or complex products
- Supply chain compression through part consolidation
- Localised manufacturing
Additive manufacturing is continuing to improve, and as the range of printable industrial materials expands the benefits to business will continue to increase.
Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing (ADAM)
ADAM is an end-to-end process that starts with metal powder, captures it in a plastic binder (which makes it safe to handle), and then forms it into the part shape one layer at a time. After printing you sinter the part in a furnace, burning off the binder and solidifying the powder into the final fully-dense metal part.
Printing the Form
The part creation process builds on our existing carbon fiber reinforced extrusion technology – where micro strands of carbon fiber are bound in plastic. In the case of ADAM printing, 60% metal powder is substituted in place of the carbon fiber. The Markforged Metal X is the first step down the print-farm path – an industrial quality ADAM machine built on Markforged’s 4th generation printing platform. This printer will solve the hard problems – machine reliability, surface finish, final-part dimensional accuracy, and repeatability. Its designed from the ground up to reliably shape beautiful metal parts.
Do you want to innovate with additive manufacturing in your business?
We have a range of solutions and tools that have helped clients implement additive manufacturing techniques. Let’s have a chat to see what we might be able to do for your business.