57,000 aerospace-certified components 3D printed in ULTEM
A significant production milestone achieved by UK-based FDM Digital Solutions
FDM Digital Solutions has manufactutred over 57,000 aerospace-certified components using ULTEM 9085 materials on Stratasys extrusion 3D printers. “What we have found over the years is that the key to delivering quality printed flight-ready parts is to collaborate upfront with our customers to define the standards required,” Tony Flanagan, 3D printing business development manager at FDM Digital Solutions, wrote on LinkedIn. “[It] can be a long process initially but is well worth the investments as it offers the best opportunity for success.”
Based in Burnley, UK, and formed in 2012, FDM Digital Solutions has been at the forefront of 3D printing and has grown to be one the largest Additive Manufacturers in the UK. With many combined years of experience in the fields of additive and design for process manufacturing, FDM is positioned to help customers add value and cost savings to their manufacturing process, all the way to production of aerospace-certified components and parts.
With the largest commercially available FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) build envelopes and capacity in the UK, also providing Roboze technology and now also HP Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) technology – FDM Digital Solutions offer a wide range of engineering solutions in sectors as diverse as Aerospace, Motorsport and Healthcare.
FDM has built up the largest production facility in the UK, running systems with a build envelope of up to 914.4 x 609.6 x 914.4mm. FDM specializes in thermoplastics which are suitably robust for engineering applications and aerospace-certified components, with high-performance materials such as ULTEM 9085, PEEK and Carbon PA, as well as high-throughput applications via HP’s Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) powder-based technology.
Today FDM Digital Solutions can leverage a fleet of 7 Stratasys machines, 1 HP Multi Jet Fusion printer and 2 Roboze machines — the largest commercially available capacity in the UK with the largest build envelopes for material extrusion processes. With ongoing investment in excess of £1 million in the latest 3D printing production technology, the company is looking to increasingly implement direct digital manufacturing capabilities in the future.