Airtech invests in new LSAM 3D printing machine

September 30, 2019 - United States Of America

Airtech has invested in new technology in the form of a Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) 3D printing machine with integrated machining capability. The LSAM relies on thermoplastic extrusion, a core competency of Airtech with nearly 50 years of experience to build on. Airtech is a manufacturer of vacuum bagging and composite tooling materials.

The LSAM can take tooling from conception to the shop floor significantly faster than conventional methods. Additive manufacturing uses almost the exact amount of material required, resulting in less touch labour and shorter lead times. Airtech believes that additive manufacturing is a game changer that will change the tooling manufacturing world, especially in the aerospace industry. Large-scale tooling in the form of trim fixtures, holding fixtures, and layup moulds can be designed, tooled, and built faster without compromising on quality, according to a media statement by the company.

Airtech has also invested in a 60,000 square feet expansion at its custom engineered products division in Springfield, TN.

“Airtech has been an extrusion company for over 45 years and is ready to take the next step into extrusion involving additive manufacturing, 3-D printing. This type of extrusion is similar to what we are doing now with films but will be used to create new tooling with internal heating (OOA) on a large scale, up to 40 feet long. We are developing new technologies to help our partners reduce cost and increase productivity,” Jeff Dahlgren, president/CEO of Airtech said.

“We are excited to be able to offer numerous new additive manufacturing services and solutions to our customers to further solidify our stance as a leading technical partner in composites,” Gregory Haye, director of additive manufacturing, Airtech said.