Through additive manufacturing, Tecton can produce complex one-off prototype parts as well as production runs out of a variety of plastics. Tecton’s speed coupled with additive manufacturing makes possible same-day, turnkey fixturing solutions from concept to finished part. This proven process greatly decreases lead time and increases throughput.
Background on Additive Manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is an appropriate name to describe the technologies that build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material, whether the material is plastic, metal, concrete or one day…..human tissue.
Common to AM technologies is the use of a computer, 3D modeling software (CAD), machine equipment and layering material. Once a CAD sketch is produced, the AM equipment reads in data from the CAD file and lays down or adds successive layers of liquid, powder, sheet material or other, in a layer-upon-layer fashion to fabricate a 3D object.
The term AM encompasses many technologies including subsets like 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping (RP), Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM), layered manufacturing and additive fabrication.
AM application is limitless. Early use of AM in the form of Rapid Prototyping focused on pre-production visualization models. More recently, AM is being used to fabricate end-use products in aircraft, dental restorations, medical implants, automobiles, and even fashion products.
While the adding of layer-upon-layer approach is simple, there are many applications of AM technology with degrees of sophistication to meet diverse needs including:
- a visualization tool in the design
- a means to create highly customized products for consumers and professionals alike
- as industrial tooling
- to produce small lots of production parts