Prototyping and Full-Scale Component Testing
As ADDere prints in a variety of metals including most steel alloys and more exotic materials like titanium and cobalt, it can produce prototypes at large scales making component testing results as close to final requirements as building the part in a conventional production setting.
With ADDere’s laser wire additive process and closed loop feedback system, prototype parts created meet or exceed the quality found in production castings. The system can virtually guarantee repeatable quality perfect for prototype testing. ADDere allows the ability to sidestep investing in a time-consuming and expensive prototype casting process merely for testing. Parts can now be printed full size in a fraction of the time it would take to have them cast.
In a variety of ways, the time savings of using ADDere metal additive manufacturing can greatly reduce the component development cycle and get products to market faster. Since ADDere can print in metals at the same grade and size as production castings, these prototype parts can not only be tested for assembly fit but can also be tested in real world applications to test serviceability. The additively manufactured prototype parts also allow for the honing of production automation operations, allowing manufacturing engineering to develop and test casting finishing processes and make adjustments for manufacturing efficiency to part designs before a single production casting is poured.