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The DLP 3D printer manufacturer has been named Global Additive Manufacturing Partner for ultra-precision production processes

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Consolidated Precision Products (CPP) and subsidiary Poly6 Technologies have named US-based B9Creations their Global Additive Manufacturing Partner for ultra-precision turbine blade production processes.

CPP’s vision to provide high-efficiency engine components and process innovation accelerated with its 2019 acquisition of Poly6 Technologies, a potential innovator to the aerospace industry in 2019.

Poly6 partners with B9Creations on AM of turbine engines as Global Additive Manufacturing Partner for ultra-precision production processes B9Creations’ alliance with Poly6 began more than 6 years ago and was instrumental in bringing Poly6 from an innovative technology to an industrialized process. Beginning with off-the-shelf B9C hardware, the relationship quickly grew to include a software toolset enabling management of Poly6’s unique materials/printer interaction and semi-custom hardware capable of meeting the intense dimensional accuracy requirements of the application.

“Poly6 surveyed the SLA/DLP industry and found no other company that matched the process control, hardware consistency, customer service and unit economics of B9C, applicable to industrial manufacturing,” explained Matthew Stellmaker, Poly6 Founder.

Following the acquisition by CPP, the company’s focus has been process excellence, regulatory certifications, and customer quality system compliance. Today, CPP uses Poly6’s technology to deliver high-pressure turbine components for next-generation commercial engines at a speed and efficiency that was not possible just a few years ago, enabled by an ongoing alliance with B9Creations that continually pushes the limits of additive manufacturing at scale in one of the most demanding applications in the aerospace industry.

“CPP’s capability to provide high-pressure turbine components to OEMs is enhanced through the success of Poly6. The alliance with B9Creations has enabled Poly6 to redefine dimensional control and agility while meeting strict aerospace standards,” said James Stewart, CPP CEO.

Consolidated Precision Products is comprised of 16 global casting facilities and 4,500+ employees manufacturing products for the aerospace, defense and industrial gas turbine markets, specializing in high-precision, geometrically complex aerospace systems, components and subassemblies.

B9Creations has been pivotal in aiding Poly6 and CPP in developing flight-ready aerospace components. Through tailored solutions, they introduced groundbreaking software tools for optimizing additive manufacturing processes. Additionally, they designed custom 3D printing platforms, integrated software into Poly6’s manufacturing system, and implemented fleet management software. Their expertise in lean manufacturing further streamlined operations, ensuring efficient production from prototyping to scaled manufacturing.

“Ownership and mastery of the intersection of our IP, hardware, software, and materials capabilities and owning our own production here in the USA enables us to readily customize our additive manufacturing systems to specific applications and address pressing business challenges at all points of scale.  Helping industries address workforce, capital, and capacity challenges via additive manufacturing solutions is our core competency. We believe this integrated approach will be the cornerstone of additive manufacturing 2.0, offering unparalleled flexibility and innovation potential for customers who recognize that successful production applications of additive require great partnerships,” said Shon Anderson, B9Creations CEO.

With more than 60% of its hardware, software, and material solutions tailored to customer applications, B9Creations serves customers in nearly 70 countries worldwide in high-precision industries such aerospace, defense, manufacturing, medical devices, regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, dental, research and education, and luxury goods manufacturing.

 

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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