Full-strength metal 3D printed parts go main­stream

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NMEC -

Tau­ranga-based Rapid Ad­vanced

Man­u­fac­tur­ing (RAM3D) is a hi-tech man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany pro­duc­ing full­strength metal 3D printed prod­ucts. RAM3D is recog­nised glob­ally as a world- class 3D met­als print­ing fa­cil­ity where pro­duc­tion parts and pro­to­types are eas­ily, ef­fi­ciently and cost ef­fec­tively pro­duced.

Warwick Down­ing, the CEO of RAM3D has been in­volved since 2008 with the de­ci­sion by BoP Den­tal com­pany, Tri­o­dent to in­vest in the tech­nol­ogy.

“We have al­ways been a pioneer in the 3D print­ing in­dus­try. We had one of the first 3D metal print­ing ma­chines in the south­ern hemi­sphere. In those days, the soft­ware and laser tools were ba­sic, but tech­nol­ogy has ad­vanced very quickly since 2013 which is when RAM3D was set up” said Down­ing.

“3D print­ing is now a recog­nised main­stream method to pro­duce end- use parts as well as pro­to­types, and with the right de­sign can be very cost com­pet­i­tive. In a re­cent project where re­place­ment parts for a man­u­fac­tur­ing process were re­quired, RAM3D not only de­liv­ered the parts in a shorter pe­riod but the parts worked out cheaper to 3D print than hav­ing them ma­chined”.

RAM3D has broad ca­pa­bil­i­ties. It prints in Ti­ta­nium 6- 4 ( Ti 6AI 4V), the most com­mon ti­ta­nium al­loy used for med­i­cal and aero­space ap­pli­ca­tions. The com­pany can also print in a high- strength food grade 15- 5Ph stain­less steel

For the de­fence sec­tor RAM3D prints in In­conel 718, which is a nickel su­per al­loy used for high tem­per­a­ture ap­pli­ca­tions such as firearm sup­pres­sors.

In the last month RAM3D has added Stain­less Steel 316 to their ma­te­rial list as re­quested by nu­mer­ous clients in the food sec­tor, marine and dairy in­dus­tries.

RAM3D sup­plies pro­duc­tion parts to a very broad and di­verse in­dus­try base, rang­ing from abori­cul­ture, aero­space, med­i­cal, de­fence, gen­eral in­dus­trial, marine and many more. It sup­plied high- strength light­weight ti­ta­nium boat parts for Emi­rates Team NZ in the 2017 Amer­ica’s Cup race, and also makes the ti­ta­nium con­nec­tion lugs for high- end Aus­tralian cus­tom bike­maker Bas­tion Cy­cles.

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