Fabrisonic, an Ohio-based company specializing in metal 3D printing, will debut its latest system using Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM) technology, the SonicLayer 1200 machine at RAPID + TCT 2019 in Detroit next week.
“Although UAM has been utilized for years in high impact markets such as aerospace and defense, the costs associated with the large scale Fabrisonic systems has been a barrier to entry for some companies and universities – the SonicLayer 1200 is both powerful and affordable,” explained Mark Norfolk, President & CEO of Fabricsonic.
The SonicLayer 1200
Fabrisonic was granted the patent to use UAM in 2017. This technology is both additive and subtractive as all internal and external surfaces of a manufactured part have a CNC Finish. Through metal deposition, UAM is also capable of bonding various metals at a low temperature.
The SonicLayer 1200 maintains a build envelop of 25.4 x 25.4 x 25.4cm. It features solid-state bonds at low temperatures (<2500 °F), which enables the capability to weld dissimilar metals and embedded electronics into fully dense metal parts.
Luna Innovations, a manufacturer of optical measurement equipment for defense and medical industry, recently partnered with Fabrisonic to manufacture smart structures made of metals.
Hybrid manufacturing and the aerospace industry
UAM has been leveraged to create heat exchanger devices. These components passed NASA’s quality control tests last year and will be used outside of Mars rovers to protect its electronic system from extreme temperatures in space. The heat exchanger devices range from small (3 in. x 3 in.) to large (3 ft. x 3 ft.) structures.
Those headed to RAPID + TCT 2019 can visit Fabrisonic at booth #216 where the new SonicLayer 1200 machine will be operational.
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Featured image shows the SonicLayer 1200. Photo via Fabrisonic.