Metal Additive Manufacturing
Since 2013, Imperial Machine & Tool Co. has provided high-quality Metal Additive Manufacturing (Metal 3D Printing) services. Our focus is on challenging, multi-discipline AM projects and we specialize in carrying out intricate multi-axis CNC machining on many of our printed structures. By consistently delivering complex AM designs for our customers we've built a reputation for running one of the finest metal AM departments in the country.
We operate four state of the art machines - an SLM 280 HL Single Laser, and three SLM 280 HL "Twin Laser" systems - and have a dedicated staff of metal additive manufacturing experts. Our AM team consists of experienced Technicians, Engineers with backgrounds in Nuclear Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, and Scientific talent at the PhD level. This combination of experience, skill and best-in-class technology allows us to consistently deliver some of the highest quality metal AM parts to very demanding customers.
We strongly believe that metal additive manufacturing will play an integral role in the future of advanced manufacturing, and we continually invest in new equipment, software and advanced training for our personnel.
What's truly made the biggest impact is an approach we refer to as "Hybrid Manufacturing" - utilizing our additive manufacturing capabilities in conjunction with our traditional manufacturing expertise. For example, we might 3D metal print a topology-optimized hydraulic manifold, vacuum heat treat the component, precision CNC machine special SAE threads and critical mating surfaces, and Ti-nitride coat the component before it's complete. This is a far cry from "just press print," but it is absolutely critical to yielding quality end-use components.
By developing a manufacturing strategy that makes the best use of additive and subtractive technologies, we are realizing groundbreaking designs that were impossible to make just a few short years ago.
If you have questions about our specific capabilities please contact us, we'd be happy to answer your questions.
Please visit our Resources Section for insight on when to use metal additive manufacturing, and the powerful impact of hybrid manufacturing.
Print Volume: We can print metal parts up to 11" x 11" x 13"
Materials: Titanium, Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Tool Steel, Maraging Steel, 4340, Nickel Alloys (Inconel), Cobalt Chromium, and more.
Layer Height: We typically print layer heights of 30-50 microns. This is the optimal range for quality and speed. For specialty applications we run at finer resolutions (< 20 Microns) so don't hesitate to ask.