Your one-stop shop for additive manufacturing

We offer turn-key solutions and services in the field of Additive Manufacturing (AM), including AM diagnostics, AM training, and AM services such as metal part repairs and builds using the Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing technology

Training

Our training is the most complete you can find. It touches on all aspect of AM and can be addressed to any type or workers - beginner, intermediate or advanced. We will tailor the training based on the existing skills and know-how in your business.

Our training covers the following elements:

  • Basics of additive manufacturing
  • CAD files for additive manufacturing
  • Overview of the different additive manufacturing processes
  • Additive manufacturing applications
  • Post-Processing of additive manufacturing parts
  • Design for additive manufacturing
  • Production of auxiliary equipment with AM (ex: moulds, tools and dies, jigs and fixtures, etc.)
  • Metal additive manufacturing technologies and advanced design guidelines

Need help?

Whether it is to recover a lost edge on the competition, increasing the one you already have or developing new business to grow your company using additive manufacturing solutions, our team is always available to help you find the best solution for your needs.

Diagnostic

If you do not have the knowledge of the different AM Technologies available out there, our qualified AM specialists can offer you their assistance.

Is there anything that I do now that could be done more efficiently with additive manufacturing?

There are good chances that you are the best at what you do and that AM would not bring any significant efficiency to all of your processes. But for certain tasks requiring low-volumes, or high complexity (or both), AM would be a good technology for you to explore.

Could the adoption of one or more AM technologies open new markets for my business?

That is an even more interesting question, isn't it? Since AM is still relatively new in the market place and adoption rates are still low, so there's a unique opportunity for you to gain a long-term competitive advantage by adopting additive technologies before the competition does!

What technology is best suited?

Well that depends on the application. Are you repairing existing parts that have been damaged, are you building new parts, are you offering 3D CAD services? It all depends. Some technologies can repair parts, add features to an existing part, some technologies are good with large parts, some are better with small, complex shapes. We will figure out with you what works best for your needs.

Should I buy my own equipment?

You need a solid business case to make such an important decision, as the capacities of the various type and brands of printers vary widely, but it is no different from the acquisition of any other piece of equipment: You have to look at the return on your investment. The good news is that there are AM service bureaus opening all across the major cities. You can start by building test cases, outsourcing the printing step. If the time is not right for you to buy your own equipment, you can still get parts printed somewhere else. Again, we'll run the numbers with you to maximize your bottom line.

Five simple steps:

  1. Discussion with our AM specialist to have a better idea of what you do now, and brainstorm about where you would like to go with your company.
  2. Our specialist will spend a couple of days at your facility, meeting with the people on the floor, gathering information about the cost and revenues of certain activities.
  3. Discussion with a selected number of your customers: At this stage, we have identified some candidate parts that would be best suited for AM. We need to validate these insights with your customers to ensure that you are making what they need, and figure out how to improve on the product using advanced AM designs.
  4. Production of a report, with strategic recommendations and a business case tailored for your company with respect to the adoption of one or more AM technologies.
  5. Implementation of the strategy: We have some AM equipment ourselves, and we have 3D design capabilities. Chances are we can help you implement your AM plan.

Selective Laser Sintering

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is the most in use metal additive manufacturing technology on the market today.

Selective laser sintering (SLS) is an additive manufacturing (AM) technique that uses a laser to sinter or melt powdered material such as Stainless Steel, Titanium and Inconel. Precision 3D offers one the lowest priced option available in the market today.

The OmniSint-160® Selective Laser Sintering.
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Cold Spray

Cold spray can produce thick deposits which can be used for dimensional restoration of damaged or out-of-specification parts.

Higher quality of parts

Being a low-temperature process, cold spray operates well below the melting point of metals, and results in very low porosity and low oxide content deposits (‹1%). Low temperatures also assure that the crystalline or amorphous structure of the particles is not altered and thus allow to tailor the part microstructure according to the application’s specific needs. Parts can be machined, polished and heat treated the same way that the raw material can be.

Capacity to print bigger parts

Cold spray is particularly attractive for the production of large structures, which are challenging for today’s powder-bed additive manufacturing processes due to equipment size limitations. The cold spray technique has the potential to scale up to build larger parts, without size limitations.

Capacity to print parts faster

Cold spray is a much more rapid additive manufacturing process than powder-bed technologies, boasting deposition rates up to 1000 times faster than current state-of-the-art direct metal laser sintering technologies.

Greener technology

Cold spray is a greener technology than other alternatives in the market: it requires no combustible fuels or gases, as a low-temperature process it consumes less energy and the over sprayed raw material can be collected for reprocessing or for respraying.

Developed standards

A military standard, MIL-STD- 3021, ‘Materials deposition, cold spray’, was issued in 2008 and revised in 2011. This standard is approved for use by all departments and agencies of the US Department of Defense, and applies to cold spray deposition for military components. The standard describes cold spray operating procedures and test methods. Civilian standards from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) and the Thermal Spray Society (TSS) also regulate the proper use of cold spray in diverse application fields.

Cold spray for additive manufacturing

Cold spray offers the possibility of producing heat transfer enhancing surfaces in many ways.

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Cold spray for the rail industry

Cold spray offers the possibility of repairing train wheels, railway and rail switches directly on-site

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Cold spray for parts repair

Cold spray offers several advantages over other coating systems and deposition processes

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Contact Us

Have questions or would like more information? Contact us today to discuss your needs.

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Philippe Dupuis, President

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