ADDere Additive Manufacturing

Why Print with ADDere

Bringing the power of Additive Manufacturing to large components and tough metals

When you have large components, it can be prohibitively expensive to adopt some measure of additive manufacturing. In most cases, it requires the purchase of a very expensive machine just to try. With ADDere Additive Manufacturing services, firms can prototype at a large-scale and even run production quantities without the capital outlay or the relatively steep learning curve.

Advantages of Wire over Powder

While laser-wire Additive sometimes requires post finish machining work, it allows for much larger prints than SLS printing methods. The ADDere system regularly prints up 2m x 1m x 1m (80 x 40 x 40 inches) in an envelope. That’s over three times the build area of most powder deposition systems on the market – and without the costs of printing at large scales in SLS machines where material waste on its own can make 3D printing prohibitively expensive.

Additive Manufactured rubber mold form in carbon steel before finishing

Faster than Casting

Some applications don’t require large runs, and the relatively time-consuming process of casting components usually becomes the best option. With ADDere Additive Manufacturing services, a firm can quickly print large-scale components without having to source small-run foundries or find vendors who can cast in exotic metals.

ADDere can print near net shape production-ready components that are comparable to sand casting – perfect for full-scale prototyping one-offs or small production runs. With its industry-leading closed-loop feedback system, ADDere can guarantee high-quality metallurgy across the entire product, side-stepping the costly process of testing pour quality.

Less Wasteful than Machining

With ADDere Additive Manufacturing, large metal 3D prints turn out to be far more economical as well, mainly due to a 1-2% material loss rate of the laser-wire additive process. That means 98-99% of the material needed is used in your product. No more having to bore out large quantities of exotic material like Inconel or Titanium with expensive bits. With ADDere, only finish machining would be required – save the expensive tooling for finish operations!

3D printed mold form in carbon steel after finishing process

ADDere Print Services

Large components operate on their own economies from the high-volume parts made on laser-wire machines. Buying a large-scale additive manufacturing system without testing its abilities can feel like a gamble, especially when there are specialized requirements for the parts to be printed. Sometimes the number of components needed isn’t enough to rationalize the purchase of hardware needed to print the smaller runs. Many times it’s both.

In either case, ADDere understands the situation and provides metal printing as a service to manufacture these components on our machines. Whether to prove our system’s metal additive manufacturing abilities or to run parts without having to invest in 3D printing systems and training, ADDere can print your projects. Learn More…

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