Additive manufacturing (AM) applies 3D-printing technology to industrial production.
Although metal additive manufacturing has been evolving for decades, its uses beyond prototyping have only recently moved into mainstream manufacturing.
Additive manufacturing technology is deployed today to build products and components that were never before possible – single pieces made from multiple materials with no joints and minimal post-processing.
In addition, additive manufacturing offers novel approaches to onsite repair, reconstruction of hard-to-find or obsolete parts, reducing material costs and waste, and improved speed-to-market through streamlined production. Multiple components of a product can be redesigned and made as a single part, both saving time and reducing weight. The potential of the technology is immense, exciting, and still emerging.
EWI supports broad adoption and optimization of advanced metal 3D printing and large-scale additive manufacturing technologies throughout all industrial sectors. We take a comprehensive approach to helping our clients address their development needs and meet their implementation goals regardless of their state of AM readiness. With capabilities in all seven AM process categories identified by the ASTM, we can assist at any stage – or through all stages – of the AM process:
- Set product requirements and understand trade-offs
- Select an additive manufacturing process
- Modify your additive manufacturing design for your process
- Select and qualify your feedstock
- Develop process parameters and understand trade-offs
- Validate your process parameters
- If needed, identify a partner to print at scale
- Special services available for Additive Manufacturing Process Development and Metal Powder Development
Why Choose EWI for Metal 3D Printing Technologies?
EWI has been at the forefront of metal 3D printing development and process integration for more than a decade. Because the AM printing process itself is an extension of conventional joining processes, applied R&D in AM has been a natural outgrowth of our core technologies.
Our team draws from EWI’s broad expertise in welding and joining, materials science, process sensing and controls, nondestructive evaluation, modeling, structural mechanics, and automation. As a result, we’re more than just problem solvers; we offer extensive services in AM innovation:
- Material and process development
- Additive manufacturing tooling and equipment development
- In-process sensing and monitoring
- Post-process inspection
- Material database development
WE MANUFACTURE INNOVATION.
EWI leads the way in metal additive manufacturing by evaluating new processes, developing material property data, and helping our clients adopt and implement state-of-the-art technology to build their products. We’re ready to move your operation forward in AM.
With all 7 AM processes under one roof, EWI supports manufacturers through all stages of the AM process.
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EWI’s AM Working Groups
EWI operates the Additive Manufacturing Consortium (AMC), which provides thought leadership and conducts collaborative sponsored projects to solve common challenges in metal AM. The AMC has four carefully defined goals:
- Foster technical interchange by presenting timely case studies and research at quarterly meetings.
- Execute group-sponsored, pre-competitive research projects within the AMC.
- Collaborate on government funding opportunities.
- Provide a forum for discussing industrial and government road maps that define future funding.
The next meeting of the AMC will be held May 31 – June 1, 2023. For more information, click here.
EWI is a founding partner of the ASTM Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (CoE).The center bridges AM standards development with R&D to enable efficient development of standards, education and training, certification, and proficiency testing programs.
To learn more about the ASTM AM CoE, contact [email protected].
View Additive Manufacturing Resources
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Friction Stir Welding for Additive Manufacturing
Laser Powder Bed Fusion
Laser Powder Direct Energy Deposition
AMC 2019: Projects and Plans
AM Process Development
The Importance of Designing for AM
AM: Moving Beyond Rapid Prototyping
With in-depth AM knowledge and broad experience in industrial processes, EWI is prepared to support your organization’s AM adoption and optimization at any stage of deployment.
- Process and Application Expertise
- Materials and process development
- In-process sensing and quality control
- Post process nondestructive inspection (UT, EC, X-ray CT)
- Qualification, Certification, and Design Allowable Generation
- Powder characterization
- Heat treatment development
- Property databases
- Powder production/modification
- Post-process inspection
- Machine design and build
- Design for Additive Manufacturing Processes and Materials
Equipment & Lab Resources
In addition to AM technology, our fully equipped labs across three EWI facilities support powder and surface characterization capabilities, metallurgical characterization, mechanical testing and NDE expertise, as well as powder production, X-ray computed tomography, and large-scale deposition work space. Resources include:
- Objet Connex J750
- MarkForged Mark Two
- EOS M290
- Arcam A2X
- Sciaky EBAM 110
- RPM 557
- Fabrisonic SonicLayer 7200
- Tekna TEKSPHERO-15
- EWI Design and Built Open Architecture Laser Powder Bed Fusion for Sensor Evaluation.
- Arc deposition robotic workcell
- Laser deposition robotic workcell
- ExOne Innovent
- Fortus 450mc
- Objet 30 Prime
- Numerous Desktop 3D Printers including: LulzBot, Hyrel E5, RoboX 3D, XYZ Printing Da Vinci, Formlabs Form 1, PegasusTouch Printer, B9 Creator, Mojo, Cubify.
- X-ray CT, UT, ET
- Powder Characterization
- Powder Production
- Surface Characterization
- Materials Characterization and Testing