Metal additive manufacturing (AM) – often referred to as metal 3D printing – is a method of fabrication in which a part is built up layer by layer according to a computer model.
Enabling rapid manufacturing and prototyping with the potential to greatly shorten lead times, AM can create highly complex parts and produces near-net-shape components with a significantly reduced need for machining or finishing.
Engineering research and technology organisation TWI have been helping companies exploit metallic AM technology for more than 20 years. Now, through the Additive Manufacturing Technology Transfer (AM-TT) project, TWI ARE offering companies the chance to benefit from this experience in the form of up to seven days’ free, targeted technical support.
The Additive Manufacturing Technology Transfer project is funded through the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) - a funding competition designed to improve the global competitiveness of UK advanced manufacturing supply chains. The technology transfer project is managed by TWI Ltd.
How the AM-TT project can support your business
Initial AM adoption investigations and feasibility studies
Business model generation and equipment selection
Design, prototyping and post-processing
Material characterisation, performance and validation
Standards and certification
Moving to full production