Fabrisonic Leveraging Multiple AM Processes to Optimize Components

May 3, 2021


Frabrisonic-Multiple-ProcessesFrom AMUG 2021…This block represents Fabrisonic’s efforts to combine multiple additive manufacturing (AM) processes to produce parts and components that deliver the inherent advantages of particular processes, according to Mark Norfolk, president and CEO of Fabrisonic.

“We see AM evolving to take advantage of the many available processes, much like traditional part producers employ milling and other machining, forming and fabricating processes to produce a part,” Norfolk told 3D Metal Printing editors at AMUG

In this pictured part, a laser powder-bed process produced the organic shape followed by Fabrisonic’s Ultrasonic AM (UAM) process (top portion) for embedding of electronics using a different metallic material.

“Laser powder-bed processes are very effective for printing organic shapes, while our UAM is ideal for embedding circuitry and sensors as well as for applying dissimilar metals,” Norfolk said. “We think that multiple processes can be employed effectively to take advantages of each process’ strengths.”

This approach also holds promise, Norfolk noted, for incorporating sophisticated cooling channels—via laser powder-bed processes—into UAM-produced heat sinks.

Industry-Related Terms: Additive manufacturing
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See also: Fabrisonic LLC

Technologies: Powder-Bed Systems

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