Additive Manufacturing Technology Design firm extends reach with industrial 3D carbon fibre printing technology

Source: Addition Design

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A Sheffield design and Additive Manufacturing business has invested 100,000 pounds in new technology to keep it at the cutting edge of industrial 3D printing.

Tom Fripp with the new Stratasys F370 CR FDM Composite Printer
Tom Fripp with the new Stratasys F370 CR FDM Composite Printer
(Source: Addition Design)

Addition Design, based at the Advanced Manufacturing Park Technology Centre in Sheffield, has welcomed a new Stratasys F370 CR FDM Composite Printer as part of its investment package. Tom Fripp, director at Addition Design said: “This new innovative 3D printer is a welcome addition to our business. The investment will improve the quality of change parts and format parts that we are able to produce. It will open up new opportunities for us to be able to deliver higher performance parts with reduced lead times. Customers will also benefit from the unique combination of Addition Design’s additive design capabilities with very high performing materials.” Addition Design is one of the first businesses in the country to invest in this new technology.

During 2022, the company saw strong demand from pharmaceutical clients and subcontract packers for its fast turnaround change parts. According to Fripp, the existing 3D print systems at Addition are very good for volume and precision work but the change parts and format parts tend to be large, robust components on low volume. “The new printer is better suited to this application. However, it also takes things a step further by allowing us to print carbon fibre reinforced components, hugely increasing the performance of the parts that we can produce at Addition,” Fripp added.

It also extends the company’s offering into new markets including forming tools and high performance automotive.

The Stratasys F370 CR FDM Composite Printers supplement traditional fabrication technologies, allowing industrial manufacturers to replace metal components with high-strength 3D printed composite parts. This accelerates throughput while avoiding the opportunity cost of using production resources or the lead time of outsourcing. This product was launched to market in 2022 to make work-holding fixtures, soft jaws, and component parts with composite 3D printing in a fraction of the time and cost it takes to machine a metal equivalent.


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