Additive manufacturing (ADM)

Reproducible quality and cost-efficient functionality are criteria that a component must satisfy if it wants to ensure sustainable increase in value as a final product. In this context, additive technologies, such as selective laser sintering (SLS), laser melting (LM), or stereolithography (SLA), offer innovative manufacturing solutions, but require an awareness and understanding of the manufacturing for the design and engineering steps. As a result, we tend to refer to ADM components (where ADM stands for ”additive design and manufacturing”) in this respect.

The path to a 3D printed end product is a long and bumpy one. As a certified partner for the automotive, aerospace, as well as medical technology industries, we know where the risks and dangers lurk along this path. And, we guide you safely past them, directly to the goal.

Take advantage of our 3D printing service for the production of ADM components. Test us out. Send us your inquiry and we will get back to you with quote shortly.



Our process

Why FIT?

  • 3 years - the period of study for the production of ADM components with laser melting (LM).
  • 1,837 - the current number of test parts and tested material samples that we have produced for the quality assurance of 3D printed metal components this year alone.
  • 246 - the number of variables that we consider for the 3D printing of metal components.
  • 38 - the current number of fully implemented projects for additive series production.

Application example

The dental technology specialist Oventus Medical, in cooperation with the Australian research agency CSIRO, developed a customized, additive manufacture mouthpiece that protects patients suffering from sleep apnea from fatal breathing pauses. As a specialist in the additive manufacturing of medical components and thanks to our certification under EN ISO 13485 we were able to develop a process for the additive series production of the mouthpiece in titanium on our EBM systems for Oventus.

Application example
ADM-T: Hands-on training for AM

ADM-T: Hands-on training for AM

Additive manufacturing starts in the mind. That is where you will generally find many years of experience with conventional technologies. Our one or multi-day training sessions for engineers, designers, and technicians create space for new ideas. We show you how to utilize the possibilities provided by additive design. We guide you through the opportunities and show you the limits of additive manufacturing and work together with you to develop ways to maximize your benefits from 3D printing.

ADM-D: Technology development

Development of a component for Additive Manufacturing usually starts much sooner than engineering and design: Every project starts with the definition of the materials, manufacturing processes, or post-processing techniques. With our large machine inventory which makes us independent from machine manufacturers and our profound AM knowhow, we give you clear recommendations for the implementation of particular AM projects. We can develop individual software, special materials, and application-specific manufacturing processes tailored to your needs.
ADM-D: Technology development
ADM-E: Additive engineering

ADM-E: Additive engineering

Our experts in additive design perfectly know the specific requirements 3D printing implies for a successful data model. Working closely together with you, we use complex software systems to develop components with optimized structures and topologies to save weight, integrate functions, or reduce complexity. A final simulation of all relevant forces ensures that the virtual data model will fulfill its function in real life. A successful design will then be perfectly built using the defined AM technology.

ADM-Q: Qualified single part manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is the perfect technology for "lot size one". However, many functional and quality requirements have to be fulfilled which can be achieved only by a qualified manufacturing process. In accordance with your specifications, budget, and application we adapt an existing design for AM or develop a totally new AM-compliant design. We assist you from the choice of technology, application-oriented engineering to the production including quality assurance.

ADM-Q: Qualified single part manufacturing
ADM-V: Additive series manufacturing

ADM-V: Additive series manufacturing

Series production follows a cycle and defined rules. This is a new challenge for 3D printing. We have set ourselves the task to tackle this challenge and implemented an industrial workflow for additive series production from the data preparation through to shipping. An internally developed ERP system, a statistically verified process control, absolute backtracking of the build job history, and the parallel tracking of the material batches are factors that distinguish our series production of your ADM components.

ADM-CV: Individualized series AM

Individualization is a megatrend of our time. There are numerous applications where a customized product provides a great deal of added value, for which customers are prepared to pay more. Additive manufacturing is the key to the efficient production of customized individual parts. But, uniqueness does not suffer confusion. That's why we use tried and tested manufacturing processes for your customized ADM components, even for large quantities.

ADM-CV: Individualized series AM

Additive manufacturing

Laser Melting (LM)
Electron Beam Melting (EBM)
Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM)
Full-color PolyJet
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
Stereolithography (SLA)
PolyJet (FLT)
Binder Jetting (Drop on Powder)
Gel Dispensing Printing (GDP)

Conventional manufacturing

Injection molding
Vacuum casting
Polyamide casting
RIM
Milling
Laminating
Tool manufacturing

Finishing techniques

Metal coating
Heat treatment
Infiltrating
Blasting
Painting
Polishing
Barrel finishing
Smoothing
Finishing

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