The defence sector has been quick to seize on the benefits of Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D Printing – both metal and plastic – and we work with a broad range of customers in this sector. Often, manufacturers in the defence industry are producing in low volumes, and so turn to AM for cost effective and rapid solutions.
We also work with customers at the start of the product development cycle producing prototypes which help prove designs.
Additive Manufacturing can produce complex structures which are impossible to produce using traditional subtractive manufacturing. This means designers have more scope to create parts which are more efficient – for example by combining multiple parts into one or creating a part that can perform more than one function (eg: a part that combines structural strength with cooling chambers).
The defence industry also uses AM to reduce weight in moving objects, increasing the efficiency of an object and reducing its carbon footprint.
A further consideration is that EMC shielding can be achieved on our plastic AM parts by coating or plating with a metal substrate.