Additive Manufacturing

3D Printing Metal

NASA Cone.
Conceived by Blazetech Corporation, this cone is a prototype for what is to be deployed on a future NASA manned mission to Mars to filter the atmosphere before converting it to oxygen. It has over 5,000 holes, sized less than 1mm in diameter.
NASA Cone.
Conceived by Blazetech Corporation, this cone is a prototype for what is to be deployed on a future NASA manned mission to Mars to filter the atmosphere before converting it to oxygen. It has over 5,000 holes, sized less than 1mm in diameter.
NASA Cone.  Underside
NASA Cone. Underside
NASA Cone Project, assembled.  The  enclosure and the cone were 3D printed.  The other internal components were machined at AGS or purchased.
NASA Cone Project, assembled. The enclosure and the cone were 3D printed. The other internal components were machined at AGS or purchased.
Test mold block.  Round holes can be printed at .157" without need of supports.  Other shapes can be printed.  The .250" holes on the left morph into the shapes shown on the right.
Test mold block. Round holes can be printed at .157" without need of supports. Other shapes can be printed. The .250" holes on the left morph into the shapes shown on the right.
Test mold block.  On display are the paths of the bottom holes as well as the morphing of the .250" hole into the teardrop shape.
Test mold block. On display are the paths of the bottom holes as well as the morphing of the .250" hole into the teardrop shape.
Conformal Cooling Mold Block: CAD model
Conformal Cooling Mold Block: CAD model
Conformal Cooling Mold Block: after machining
Conformal Cooling Mold Block: after machining
Test Build Plate
Test Build Plate
50 cal. shell loader, previously made as an assembly of 6 parts
50 cal. shell loader, previously made as an assembly of 6 parts
2 Latches: Before/After Polishing
2 Latches: Before/After Polishing
A replacement part for a printing press no longer in production.
A replacement part for a printing press no longer in production.
F-35 model.  Still on supports. Tail thickness varies from .010" to a near razor edge.
F-35 model. Still on supports. Tail thickness varies from .010" to a near razor edge.
Structural Test blocks.  The 2 on the left have hollowed out hexagons.  The one on the right has a lattice structure.
Structural Test blocks. The 2 on the left have hollowed out hexagons. The one on the right has a lattice structure.

3D Printing in Metal

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Our ProX 300 from 3D Systems enables us to print products in a variety of metals.

3D printing allows for designing products that were previously impossible to machine as well as re-designing existing products for weight reduction and other benefits.  But 3D printing alone doesn't always deliver a finished product.  Our extensive CNC machining experience makes us more than capable of creating your part: from design and engineering assistance, to printing, to post-processing.

Examples (click to enlarge)

State of the Art Machinery - Experienced Machinists

3D metal printer.  3D Systems ProX DMP 300

These 4 parts took 10.5 hours to build.  The machine uses a laser to fuse (sinter) metal powder together one layer at a time.

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New Technologies Bring New Possibilities

3D metal printer.  3D Systems ProX DMP 300

This Cone for a NASA prototype took 13 hours to build.  It would be nearly impossible to build in conventional or CNC machines.