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Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) offers a wide range of benefits and opportunities for the Aerospace and Defense sector, but is not without its challenges.

The sheer variety of AM technologies available on the market today can make it difficult to assess which one, if any, is the best fit for a particular application.  Lucideon has experts across all types of commercially available AM technologies including Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), Electron Beam Melting (EBM), Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM), Directed Energy Deposition (DED) and Binder Jet.  Whether it's material selection and development, processing and post-processing, specialized qualification or forensic failure analysis, we have the ability to step in and provide engineering support backed by a fully integrated suite of specialized testing and analysis capabilities.

What makes us different?

  • Our comprehensive knowledge of Additive Manufacturing, from raw materials through to finished components
  • Our extensive experience of working within the Aerospace and Defense industry means we can act as an extension of your internal capabilities, complementing your knowledge and solving any problems that may exist – saving you time, money and resources
  • We can help you improve the functionality of your additively manufactured product, in turn reducing costs and time
  • We can improve your productivity. Streamlining your AM process throughout the product lifecycle enabling you to get your products to market faster.

We offer Additive Manufacturing support in the following areas:

Ceramic AM Consultancy

We help you to understand and optimize not only materials and product performance but also the process to produce high quality ceramic components that are right first time.  And should failures occur, during the development, processing or in-use stage, we can investigate the root cause of those failures and work with you to prevent them happening again.

Metal AM Consultancy

Lucideon provides a unique metallurgical perspective on issues you may be facing and can offer solutions to expedite your progress and avoid common mistakes.  Whether you are in the design, prototype manufacturing, validation and testing, or even market launch stage, we can help resolve issues and formulate solutions.

Polymer AM Consultancy

Polymers offer unique combinations of characteristics, from high strength to flexibility, that can be tailored to a given application due to the vast range of polymer blends and copolymers available.  However, to take full advantage of the beneficial properties of polymers for AM, it is essential to understand the intimate connection between polymer structure, composition and AM process conditions to minimize quality issues, product failure and underperformance.  Our polymer scientists can help you to do this.

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    Additive Manufacturing - A Metallurgical Perspective
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