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Additive Manufacturing Design and Production


Additive Manufacturing refers to the process in which CAD data and geometry is interpreted to deposit layers of material to build up a component or structure.

At METRON, we specialise in engineering solutions that can apply to any industry. Our in-house ARCAM Q10 and EOS M400 Additive Manufacturing machines enable us to create both production and prototype components in short lead times. We also have extensive experience in the design of components for composites and conventional manufacture techniques. To ensure the parts we design and produce are compliant with the relevant industries, METRON has achieved certifications for: AS9100 Quality Management for the Aerospace industry; ISO13485 Quality Management for Medical Devices; and is a certified producer of the high performance Scalmalloy® Aluminium alloy.

How Additive Engineering Works


Additive Engineering Processes


Additive Manufacturing (3D PRINTING) refers to the process in which CAD data and geometry is interpreted to deposit layers of material to build a component.

This process enables engineers to design complex shapes and geometric features that would be impossible to produce in traditional manufacturing processes.

A distinct advantage is that component parts that used to be manufactured separately for assembly can now be 3D printed in a single run with excellent material properties.

Although the direct costs of producing goods using 3D printing technology can be prohibitive in the short term, the greater flexibility afforded by 3D printing means the total manufacturing cost can be substantially lower, as advancements in the technology start to industrialise the process.

Using Electron Beam Melting (EBM) on an Arcam Q10 machine, the Additive Manufacturing process takes place in a vacuum at high temperatures, resulting in stress relieved components with enhanced material properties.

For each layer in the build the electron beam heats the entire powder bed to an optimal ambient temperature, specific for the material used. Finished parts manufactured using EBM are free from residual stresses and have a microstructure free from martensitic structures, ideal for both prototype and production components.

SCALMALLOY®

  • The highest strength AM-processable aluminium alloy available, comparable to high-strength 7000 series alloys from plate or forging.
  • Low density providing specific properties competitive with even the highest strength alternatives.
  • Matches excellent corrosion resistance of 5000 series alloys.
  • Weldable.
  • Proven track record in Aerospace, Motorsport, Robotics, and Marine applications.
  • FIA Approved for Formula 1.

TITANIUM (Ti6Al4V)

  • A staple aerospace grade titanium alloy, thanks to it’s high strength and low density.
  • Compatible with carbon composites, and biocompatible.
  • Good machineability and weldability for post processing.
  • Low Thermal Expansion.

At METRON, we pride ourselves on our design skills, combining years of experience to produce innovative and optimised components for any sector. With expertise in complex 3D modelling, we are no strangers to intricate components that deliver the perfect blend of strength and weight, whilst working within space limitations or maintaining geometries for aerodynamics purposes.

Sometimes it is important to develop a real-life feeling for a component before committing to manufacture of expensive tooling. Using our EBM and SLM 3D printing technologies, we can make one-off functional prototypes with very short lead times, so you can put your designs to the test in no time.

With Additive Manufacturing, small batch production is made cost-effective, with no need to invest in expensive tooling. With no additional cost for increasing part complexity, we are free to optimise each and every component to produce excellent results every time.

“Build arrangement legend”

With hundreds of complex builds under our belt, we have a great deal of expertise in the production of densely packed builds, producing as many components as possible with no loss of quality. This results in lower costs to the customer and a reduction in delivery time.

Benefits of Additive Manufacturing


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Volume Production

We are highly experienced in the creation of densely packed builds, stacking components to optimise use of the build chamber and reduce costs to the end user. Stacking of components and multiple melt pools make our 3D printing capabilities ideal for high production numbers.

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Complex Geometry

METRON’s 3D printing capabilities allow for complex shapes and geometries to be produced. Each layer is melted to the exact geometry as defined by your CAD models, and our expertise in Design for Additive Manufacture (DfAM) ensures your part will come out just right.

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Cost & Waste Reduction

Multiple layers are melted to exact CAD model geometry, eliminating material waste and reducing finishing time. Combined with high-volume production, METRON may be cheaper than you think.

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Optimisation

METRON’s Additive Manufacturing technologies offer the exceptional Strength-to-Weight Ratio and mechanical properties of Scalmalloy and Titanium alloy parts, with no excess material adding unnecessary weight.

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Eradicate Tooling

3D printed components eradicate the need for tooling, fixtures and design revisions. METRON can build the part you want straight away.

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Widespread Usage

3D printing can be used to fabricate end-use products in aircraft, high end sports, medical implants, automobiles, and even artistic objects. With endless application possibilities, why not get in touch and see if we can fulfill your manufacturing needs?

Applications of Additive Engineering