Northrop Grumman Gets Quick Results From Stereolithography

Northrop Grumman’s uses SLA additive manufacturing technologies to create tools
Northrop Grumman’s uses 3D Systems SLA additive manufacturing technologies

Aircraft maintenance and repair personnel have a tough job – for a number of reasons. First, they must ensure that every part on the aircraft they service can withstand the rigors of flight, so that risks to the safety of the crew and any passengers that might be on board are minimized. They also must minimize aircraft downtime while making sure that repair costs are controlled.

Northrop Grumman Corp., El Segundo, Calif., has mastered this balancing act, largely due to the efforts of its Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (RP&M) team.

Northrop Grumman’s RP&M team has shown a remarkable ability for creating the perfect modification tool for the task at hand. The team also discovered a surefire method for reducing to an absolute minimum both the time and cost associated with building those tools.

Northrop Grumman’s RP&M team uses 3D Systems SLA additive manufacturing technologies to create [...]

3D Printed Casting Patterns for Aerospace

Dave Pellegrino at Vaupell delivers the story on how antimony-free casting patterns, printed on 3D Systems SLA 3D printers, transform their casting process for aerospace parts

Controlled Goods Program

Evolv3D is Registered with the Controlled Goods Program
Controlled Goods Program

Evolv3D is registered with Canada’s Controlled Goods Program at Public Works and Government Services Canada. This enables us to fully support clients producing products for the military and security sectors.

“The Controlled Goods Program (CGP) is a registration and compliance program that regulates access to controlled goods, including International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) items, in Canada. Under the authorities of the Defence Production Act (DPA) and the Controlled Goods Regulations, the CGP’s mandate is to strengthen Canada’s defence trade controls through the mandatory registration and regulation of businesses and individuals who examine, possess and/or transfer controlled goods.

“Controlled goods are primarily goods that have military or national security significance; therefore, before importing certain goods into Canada, it is important to determine whether or not the goods are also subject to domestic controls and require registration with the CGP. The Schedule (Section 35) of the DPA contains the items that are considered controlled [...]

Part Quality Advantage with the ProJet MJP 2500 Series

reduce lead times, lower cost, enhanced quality, performance, and manufacturability
Projet MJP 2500 Series 3D Printers

The ProJet MJP 2500 3D printer produces parts with:

  • unrivaled part quality
  • true-to-CAD part accuracy
  • superior edge fidelity
  • excellent surface finish quality

3D Systems Reseller

It's Official... We are an Authorized 3D Systems Reseller
3D Systems Authorized Reseller

Evolv3D (formally Klacam 3D) has finalized a reseller agreement with 3D Systems to represent their line of desktop and professional 3D printers. Please visit our 3D Printers page to see the incredible new technology we are bringing to Ontario and Quebec.

For all those traditionalists out there running CNC shops fear not, Robert Chiari from Renishaw puts your mind at ease with this video.

Video: Is Additive Manufacturing a Competitor to CNC Machining?

Not at all, says Renishaw’s Robert Chiari. The manufacturing methods complement one another, which is why many machining facilities are looking to AM.

Not all manufacturers are fully vertically integrated and can take a product from prototype to production in-house.  Even the largest Fortune 500 companies outsource elements of projects for prototypes and production parts and assemblies.

Why do they do this?  How can you take advantage of providing 3D Printing services to manufacturers? Despite having a variety of resources at their disposal ‒ sometimes including their own 3D printing machines ‒ outsourcing for these firms can be a faster, less expensive and less problematic.

Below are the top five reasons why companies should outsource their 3D Printing.

Capacity

Even for large companies that have their own 3D printers, resource constraints can cause bottlenecks in production.  If a firm’s 3D printers are tied up on other projects, teams can’t get parts built fast enough.  As a solution, outsourcing this production allows them to harness additional capacity.

To help reduce lead times, Klacam utilizes multiple machines with the same technology and material, [...]

The path from prototyping to production poses a number of challenges. The company that’s most successful during this transition are best positioned for success moving forward. With our traditional manufacturing background and key vendors we work with clients from the prototype phase through to production, hopefully these key factors to success can provide some insight into your next project:

Start with 3D Printing to Create Rapid Prototypes

Many firms choose SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) for their initial prototypes due to cost, fit and function that this technology provides. Depending on your industry, SLA, CJP and FDM printing are also good options. SLS, builds parts using a strong, flexible nylon material, is an ideal fit in most instances. The process is accurate, fast and cost-effective – particularly on a low-volume basis, and allows clients to quickly fit-check their design and make any adjustments before gravitating to subtractive machining (where errors can potentially be more costly).

3D [...]

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