Methods 3d Announces New U.S. Additive Manufacturing Labs

Methods 3D, Inc., a newly formed subsidiary of Methods Machine Tools, Inc., continues to broaden its presence in 3D printing through the completion of seven additive manufacturing laboratories strategically located across the U.S.

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Methods 3D, Inc., a newly formed subsidiary of Methods Machine Tools, Inc., continues to broaden its presence in 3D printing through the completion of seven additive manufacturing laboratories located across the U.S. 

In addition, at IMTS 2016 Methods 3D introduced exciting new advancements in 3D technology via an integrated production cell, made compelling presentations and showcased the very latest in 3D printing systems. Methods 3D has also added personnel to support its new infrastructure, and Mr. James Hanson was appointed as Chief Operating Officer.
 
At IMTS, the Methods 3D booth featured an innovative new concept demonstrating how 3D technology can be deployed in an automated production cell environment. 3D System’s modular ‘Figure 4” cell was operating lights-out with Fanuc robotic arms, mass-producing multiple parts.Figure 4 is 3DS’ new high-speed SLA technology capable of generating parts up to 50 times faster than typical SLA printers. 

Discrete modules in the system enable automation to pass 3D printed parts from design to printing to washing, curing and final finishing, all without human involvement. At the IMTS Additive Manufacturing Conference, Methods 3D General Manager Ben Fisk presented “The Integration of Additive Manufacturing with Traditional Machining” to a throng of almost 500 attendees, while 3D Systems CEO Vyomesh Joshi highlighted Methods 3D at their IMTS presentation as a key
strategic partner for the implementation of additive manufacturing solutions into production.      

Methods 3D advanced new additive manufacturing labs are outfitted with 18 printers including Direct Metal Printing (DMP), Select Laser Sintering (SLS), Stereolithography (SLA) and Multi-Jet models running 14 different materials. A full complement of post-processing equipment such as EDM, CNC machining, automation and inspection is also onsite and each location is fully staffed by a dedicated team of sales, application engineers and service technicians. The additive manufacturing labs are in each of Methods Machine Tools’ technology centers including Sudbury, MA (Boston) headquarters; Detroit, MI; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Phoenix, AZ; San Francisco, CA; and Los Angeles, CA.

“Our new additive labs are ideal for manufacturing professionals to consult our experts and explore ways to design and produce their components using the latest 3D technology integrated with conventional machining, automation and more,” Hanson stated. “Engineers have been bringing their application challenges to us and we have been working with them to implement this technology into their manufacturing operations”

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