Mar. 10, 2016 – Fonon Corporation has introduced its Bulk-To-Shape technology, an umbrella of 3D printing technologies representing a transformational approach to industrial, application-specific metal additive manufacturing. The new technology enables manufacturers to reliably integrate 3D metal printing into full production environments, and demonstrates a potentially disruptive key shift in industrial manufacturing.
While first-generation 3D metal printing has transformed the prototyping process by shrinking cycle times and reducing development costs, collective industry experience has determined that these systems have not been effective, reliable, or sustainable as tools for full production. First-generation additive manufacturing technology has proven unable to consistently produce high quality and highly functioning components, particularly when dealing with complex parts.
Bulk-To-Shape technology, available exclusively from Fonon Corporation, provides a cost-effective method for developing application-specific 3D metal printing tools. A combination of proprietary processes, a profound understanding of the molecular behavior of materials under transitional temperatures and intellectual property accumulated over decades of success building metal laser sintering products, Fonon Corporation’s Bulk-To-Shape technology enables industrial manufacturers to bridge the gap between prototyping and full production.
“Medical, aviation, automotive, and space industry metal printing experts use a measurement system called Manufacturing Readiness Level to classify additive manufacturing machines,” said Louis Schlegel, Vice President of Fonon Corporation. “While Manufacturing Readiness Level Ten represents machines ready for production, these experts have classified currently-available systems as within a range of Level Four to Level Six.”
Schlegel stated, “Bulk-To-Shape technology is the quickest path for these industries to achieve Manufacturing Readiness Level Ten.”
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