Additive manufacturing (AM) is a way to produce parts layer by layer out of a 3D model (STEP/STL file). AM is more commonly referred to as 3D printing, while officially it is a subset of the full additive manufacturing process. AM started as a way for rapid prototyping (in plastic), but quickly evolved to a very valuable production method as a result of the many opportunities it provides. Nowadays, AM is used for fabrication of end products for example in aerospace, medical and dental applications, and the energy sector.
At Formatec, we apply the Admaflex Technology which originates from Stereolithography (SLA) but in an updated version called DLP (Digital Light Processing). This specific way of Additive Manufacturing is currently the most reliable and precise additive technique available. It uses photosensitive liquid polymers, mixed with either ceramic or metal powder, cured through light. AM through DLP enables producing high quality products for demanding markets.
- Total design freedom
- High precision, high accuracy
- Making complex geometries with a tight dimensional tolerance and a smooth surface
- No tooling needed
- Specifically beneficial for one piece to small series production
- Time saving as a result of shorter lead times and less steps needed
When integrated designs and functional material structures are required to improve performance, the benefits of Additive Manufacturing are evident. Additive Manufacturing provides benefits for time saving, waste minimization and cost reduction. AM finds applications in automotive, biomedical, electronics, aerospace, energy, chemical and jewelry.
Additive manufacturing materials
We can offer Additive Manufactured products in both metal as ceramic. Our portfolio includes:
- Ceramics: Alumina, Zirconia, Silica, Hydroxyapatite
- Metals: 316L, 17-4 PH, Inconel 625, Copper
Additionally we have the ability to develop custom metal or ceramic slurry for Additive Manufacturing together with our partner Admatec Europe.
From design to manufacturing of functional parts with form freedom
If you are looking for ceramic and/or metal parts with high accuracy, surface quality and durability for high demanding applications in small batches, Additive Manufacturing is a very interesting option for you!