​Additive Manufacturing

Overview

Additive manufacturing (AM) involves the ‘printing’ of 3D metallic parts, which are built-up layer by layer from a powdered metal.  The method differs from conventional manufacturing in that objects are built iteratively (bit by bit), as opposed to machining in which swathes of material are taken away (subtracted) from billets or castings.  As a result of this, AM gives a very high conversion of starting material to product and allows for exceptional levels of design flexibility.

Advantages

  • Very high raw material to product conversion rate (low buy to fly ratio)
  • Can reproduce highly complex geometries with relative ease
  • No need to design bespoke tooling
  • Energy saving

Platforms deployed on

  • Near net shape manufacturing of high value medium sized titanium parts