Metal Additive Manufacturing

Over the last four years we've spent thousands of hours working with our metal additive manufacturing systems, and have developed a highly-skilled metal AM department. We operate two state of the art machines - an SLM 280 HL and an SLM 280 HL "Twin Laser" - and have a dedicated staff of metal additive manufacturing experts. 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.

 
Our SLM 280 HL and SLM 280 HL Twin-Laser in our climate controlled additive manufacturing laboratory.

Our SLM 280 HL and SLM 280 HL Twin-Laser in our climate controlled additive manufacturing laboratory.

 

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.

 
Hybrid Manufacturing - Precision machining SAE threads after 3D printing, thermal conditioning, and precision turning. Inconel component with lattice core.

Hybrid Manufacturing - Precision machining SAE threads after 3D printing, thermal conditioning, and precision turning. Inconel component with lattice core.

 

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.


Fast Facts

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.