Additive Manufacturing (AM) is the process of creating objects directly from digital files via the successive addition of discrete layers of material. This results in objects that can be of almost any shape or geometry, offering a greater range of creativity compared to subtractive methods such as machining.
Additive Manufacture can offer significant performance, cost and environmental benefits through enhanced design capability, rapid product development, a reduced number of processing steps and increased materials utilisation, to name but a few. There are many techniques that fall under the umbrella of additive manufacturing, sometimes also referred to as 3D printing, each of which uses different materials and different techniques to create the layers. To help characterise these techniques, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has defined 7 classifications of AM which are listed below:
1- VAT Polymerisation
2- Material Jetting
3- Binder Jetting
4- Material Extrusion
5- Powder Bed Fusion
6- Sheet Lamination
7- Directed Energy Deposition
Across the HVM Catapult centres we have dedicated staff and equipment covering all the common platforms of additive manufacture, whilst also providing large-scale research into new novel processes and materials.
Relevant capability across the HVM Catapult exists in areas such as materials development, characterisation and testing, process development, mechanical engineering and systems integration, design for manufacture, simulation and analysis,. HVM Catapult centres offer in-depth non-biased expertise to all businesses on additive manufacture topics with the added ability to focus research when required.