Addition Design and research works with a broad spectrum of clients from many different industry sectors, this includes large multi-national OEMs, as well as companies from various tiers of the supply chain within different industries.
Passenger air travel continues to increase year on year, and the demand for innovative and improved passenger aircraft is only outpaced by national defense aircraft strategies. Despite the differences in purpose, both application areas are benefitting from the advantages that additive manufacturing and 3D printing offer.
The ability to additively manufacture an increasing pallet of production grade materials to produce complex, lighter and stronger parts is a key driver within the global aerospace sector and the impact of AM technologies on aerospace applications extends its benefits to the environment in terms of lighter aircraft and more economical supply chains.
However, the aerospace sector has to comply with stringent standards and regulations that are critical to safety. Some key applications of AM (mostly for non-critical parts) are already flying on aircraft, and more continue to emerge. Moreover, focus has also turned to the production of critical aerospace components with metal and plastic AM.
Addition Design and Research can work with OEMs and Tier 1 and 2 supply chain companies from across the aerospace industry. Our research capabilities and DfAM skills are invaluable in identifying and developing AM projects that consolidate assemblies and reduce weight, while sensitive to flight-capable materials and regulations.
Nowhere has additive manufacturing and 3D printing had such a real and dramatic effect on the human condition as it has when adopted within the medical field. It is quite literally changing lives for the better today, whether within hospitals for surgical models and planning, for the development of innovative medical devices and within dental laboratories. The medical sector is also the field that promises the greatest potential of a paradigm shift as a result of additive technology in terms of customized and personalized solutions.
The scope of this sub-sector of the medical industry is immense. Today the concept development value of 3D printing and functional testing capabilities for more complex devices is virtually a given, however, the advancements in 3D software capabilities, in parallel with more sophisticated material developments and the metal additive manufacturing hardware improvements, have paved the way for new and innovative medical devices that can be directly 3D printed with patient-specific features to improve outcomes for individual patients.
The complexity involved in the production of devices to be implanted in the human body is extensive, but AM facilitates this endeavour in a way that no other single process ever has previously. Implants can also be designed specifically in relation to CT scans of the patient to maximize successful implantation. Addition Design has a great deal of experience related to implant design and the regulations in relation to quality assurance for production methods and materials.
As an independent member of the Chester Medical Solutions family of companies, Addition Design and Research is in a unique position to access some of the UK’s foremost specialists in medical device manufacture, packaging and pharmaceuticals. The ability to integrate these disciplines with the autonomous capabilities and skills of Addition Design provides a truly unique service offering that has resulted in some of the most highly innovative medical devices and technology.
Since their inception, additive technologies have disrupted the design and product development process in the automotive industry. From form, fit and functional prototyping, which today remains the dominant application among automotive OEMs and their suppliers, additive manufacturing technologies are now extending onto the production floor in greater volumes. AM is set to continue to disrupt this sector with even greater force with the promise of cleaner, lighter, and safer products with shorter lead times and lower costs achieved by way of more localized manufacture.
Using AM, manufacturers can both enable customization and lower costs that arise from the increasing number and complexity of product variants. Additionally, AM allows manufacturers to reduce the number of assembly groups, integrate multiple functions into a single part, and produce lightweight designs. And, by using AM to make spare parts and tools for discontinued product variants, manufacturers can reduce the need to maintain inventories of infrequently requested items.
These benefits are especially advantageous for producing interior components (for which polymers are predominantly used), structural and exterior vehicle body components (for which metals are predominantly used), and systems for climate control and engine cooling.
Addition Design and Research can work with automotive companies on a wide range of research and development projects to achieve the maximum benefits of additive manufacturing and industrial 3D printing.
The production of energy, whether by traditional means through the production of oil and gas or via the generation of renewable sources, is an industry sector that is increasingly understanding the benefits of additive manufacturing and 3D printing. Once again it is the advantage of being able to cost-effectively and reliably produce complex geometries and consolidate assemblies that is proving to be attractive, which in turn reduces assembly time, improves performance and can support the reduction of emissions.
The production of turbines is just one application area that is testament to how additive technologies have starting to impact this sector, and will continue to do so as more complex applications, which adhere to the strict regulations in this sector, emerge in greater numbers.
The power generation industry often requires production of replacement components in relatively low-volumes, components that are complex and expensive to manufacture as well as expensive to ship and stock in remote locations. Additive manufacturing technology capabilities in combination with the ability to enable distributed, on-demand manufacturing is another significant factor in this sector’s increasing uptake. There is now evidence to suggest that through optimized redesign, replacement parts for power generation equipment can supersede the original part in terms of quality, functionality and life-span.
Addition Design and Research is well-equipped to collaborate on power generation AM projects and can demonstrate the benefits of transitioning to AM for numerous applications in this sector.
The Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing industry has become firmly established as a relevant and vital sub-sector of the global manufacturing sector.
As a process-neutral proponent of the AM and 3D printing industry, Addition Design and Research has extensive insight and knowledge of additive processes and systems. This combined with an essential and deep rooted understanding of materials and their fundamental role in the design and manufacturing process has generated independent research by the company in to novel and innovative new processes. Addition Design and Research can also work in collaboration with partners to develop bespoke additive processes for specific applications.