Metal Additive Manufacturing

Better Precision. Better Quality. Better Delivery.

Imperial Machine and Tool Co. operates a state-of-the-art Metal Additive Manufacturing department. When you need an Advanced Manufacturing partner to provide the highest levels of Quality and Service, count on us to get the job done.


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On-Time Delivery & Customer Service

Imperial Machine & Tool Co. has spent 76 years building a reputation for delivering the highest quality components and never letting our customers down.

Since 2013 we’ve been producing complex components via Metal Additive Manufacturing for discerning customers across all industries.

We’re known for Best-In-Class delivery metrics, and exceptional communication about the status of orders.


Precision You Can Count On

Imperial Machine & Tool Co. is AS9100D certified, ITAR Registered, and has a state-of-the-art Quality Laboratory to ensure the highest levels of quality in the industry.

We have a deep technical understanding of the measurement and analysis of Additively Manufactured components.

Our traditional metrology equipment includes a full array of CMM machines, metrology software, and advanced optical equipment.

In addition to our traditional quality laboratory, Imperial has a comprehensive powder characterization and material analysis laboratory. To analyze additive manufacturing materials we offer Powder Particle Size Analysis meeting ASTM B822, ISO 13320-1 and other industry guidelines, Light Element Analysis meeting ASTM E1019, E1941, E1447 and other industry guidelines, X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry for both powder and solid metal samples meeting ASTM E539 and other industry guidelines, and 100kN Tensile Testing meeting ASTM E8/E8M, E4, E83 and other industry guidelines. We can also rely on our Kaiser Aluminum corporate testing resources which include fatigue, impact, creep and stress rupture testing.

We verify powder feedstock and printed metal alloys to the following ASTM AM-Powder Bed Fusion specifications:

 
  • Ti6Al4V - ASTM F2924-14

  • AlSi10Mg - F3318-18

  • 316LSS - F3184-16

  • 17-4PH SS - SAE AMS5643V

  • Inconel 718 - F3055-14a

  • Inconel 625 - F3056-14

  • CoCrMo alloy - F3213-16

 

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Production Parts

Imperial operates a highly organized production and quality management system, and is well suited to deliver production quantities of complex 3D printed parts.

With a highly advanced software scheduling system, Imperial is able to closely monitor all key metrics related to the quality of AM builds in real-time, and track production progress.

Delivering on strict schedules is common practice. We excel at managing short turn development programs and just as nimbly we excel at managing large production programs. Every single job that goes through our AM department travels with a complete technical data packet to ensure smooth production and delivery


In-house Design Expertise

Imperial has a highly experienced design team ready to collaborate with customers to help optimize their designs for additive manufacturing.

Our design team is led by an engineering PhD; an expert in Thermal Dynamics. He brings over 2 decades of experience in the semiconductor industry, and has particular insight into thermal exchange and fluid flow applications as they relate metal additive manufacturing.

We are highly capable of working with your design team to develop sophisticated AM based heat exchangers. Provide us with an input, an output, and an envelope, and we can optimize a heat exchanger to meet your design requirements.

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Our AM team also includes an Engineer with a Masters of Additive Manufacturing Engineering, and a number of highly trained technicians. We can collaborate with your design team leading to manufacturing ease and performance improvements.

Imperial has the advanced design and simulation software required to bring groundbreaking designs to life including:

CAD Modeling Software

  • Solid Works

  • Pro E Creo

  • Autodesk Inventor

  • Autodesk Fusion 360

Additive Manufacturing Software

  • Magic

  • Inspire

  • Auto Fab

  • SLM Build Processor

Simulation Capability

  • Fluid Velocity Field

  • Pressure Drop

  • Multi-Phase Heat Transfer

  • Component Stress Analysis


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Hybrid Manufacturing Experts

Imperial is highly experienced in Precision Multi-Axis CNC Machining, and we effectively combine this experience with our Metal AM capability to deliver components that few organizations in the world are equipped to fabricate.

We operate over 30 precision multi-axis CNC machining centers including 3, 4, and 5-axis milling. Our machines have high spindle speed capability which allows us to efficiently machine AM components made from hard-to-machine alloys like titanium and Inconel.

Our CNC Machining and Metal AM departments are highly integrated, and work together closely to develop effective production strategies. We bring our teams together as we begin all additive projects. The teams recommend design and printing adjustments that will enable more effective CNC machining later on. Most components manufactured by the AM process require some post machining. We understand that and have built our business around supporting you with that combined capability.

We have a robust vendor network capable of providing all outside processes required including Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP), other thermal treatments, and specialty metal finishes.


Fast Facts:

  • Build Volume: 285mm x 285mm x 330mm
    (11" x 11" x 13")

  • We fabricate larger AM structures by welding together separate AM components

  • 4 SLM Metal Additive Manufacturing Systems

  • Powder Characterization Lab

  • Material Testing Capability

  • Highly Experienced at Multi-Discipline Advanced Manufacturing applications

  • Metal 3D Printing + Thermal Conditioning + Precision Welding + 5-Axis CNC Machining + Metal Finishing

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Available Materials:

Standard Materials

  • Titanium

  • Aluminum

  • Stainless Steels

  • Nickel Alloys (Inconel)

These Materials are always being processes.

Specialty Materials

We offer a host of other printable materials. Please reach out and we will consider your inquiry for other alloys printable on an SLM platform.


To learn more about Imperial’s Metal Additive Manufacturing capabilities, contact:

Ron Adams
803-640-1103
radams@imperialmachine.com