Additive Manufacturing, or 3D Printing, is an outstanding choice for making
The process uses a digital file to create the desired object, printing it one thin layer at a time.
A major benefit of 3D Printing is rapid turn-around times that, depending on the size of the part, can be as little as hours until ready for pickup.
Read this page to discover how you can get the highest quality, professional 3D Printing services at rates you can afford.
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is the industry name for 3D Printing and it's the opposite of conventional Subtractive Manufacturing.
Subtractive Manufacturing starts with block of material that is then reduced by machining, drilling, or cutting to create the finished 3D object.
In contrast, Additive Manufacturing starts with nothing. Precisely-shaped, geometric 3D objects are built by adding and fusing successive, thin layers of material using a 3D Printer guided by digital data communicated to the printer via a digital CAD (Computer Aided Design) file.
Additive Manufacturing saves significant time and money compared to Subtractive Manufacturing in producing prototypes. That's because AM eliminates costly set-up requirements and tooling designs required by Subtractive Processes. By comparison, Additive Manufacturing results in the almost instant transformation from a CAD design to a physical part. Therefore, Additive Manufacturing is also commonly referred to as Rapid Prototype Development.
Advances in 3D Printers and materials make it possible to create functional, end-use products as well as prototypes and models.
Additive Manufacturing includes several 3D Print methodologies. We use Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) because it
Aftan Engineering's 3D Printing Service is led by Lisa Peterson, Ph.D., PE, MBA, who has decades of engineering and manufacturing experience. Therefore, you'll be talking with someone who understands you and better able to achieve your goals. And there is more because Lisa can help you
Your 3D Printing or Rapid Prototype Development project will be led by Lisa Peterson, Ph.D., PE, MBA and President of Pennsylvania-based Aftan Engineering. Lisa is a uniquely qualified professional Sustainability, ISO 14001, Continuous Process Improvement, and Additive Manufacturing Consultant with a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, 30 years' engineering experience, and has held high-level management positions. Read Lisa's Resume.