Month: February 2021

Advantages of Additive Manufacturing

Why Consider AM? Technology has changed substantially with additive manufacturing (AM), just in the last 5 years.  AM pricing is dropping fast to compete with traditional forming methods, but it only goes so far if the design isn’t updated too.  Future-proofing low volume products nowadays means redesigning for AM to position for the advantage later. …

Legacy Part Refresh: When tool life end, market demand, and technical debt mean you need to relook old parts in a new light

It’s still not unusual for a mature industry (such as aerospace) to have parts that look like they were designed on a drafting table. Some of those parts likely were. If you have legacy parts with designs so “vintage” they have to be referenced by pulling an actual paper blueprint or if, in the course of mergers, all design documentation has been lost in the shuffle and all that remains is a worn tool or a “golden part”, well, it is time for a part …

How to Future-proof and Qualify Legacy Parts Redesigned for AM Materials and Processes

By Greg Vialle  So now you’ve figured out that the best way out of your technical debt on a legacy aerospace product is to future proof the design for additive manufacturing (AM).  How do you recertify those parts, now that the manufacturing process has changed? If you’re still determining whether AM is the right way to go, please read this article Legacy Part Refresh: When tool life end, market demand, and …

Certifying additive manufactured parts for aerospace how difficult is it?

You may want to start qualification process to your printed components of your additive manufacturing operations. The good news is that the procedure is similar to what you are used to certifying your machined and formed parts.  In order to develop a high-level understanding of the qualification process it is important to discern the differences between typical certification processes and additive manufacturing certification processes as they pertain to parts, materials, and process.  …

How to find the right contract manufacturer for your product.

You have a working prototype, have designed your product for manufacture, have performed all the necessary quality assurance procedures, and are ready for mass production. But how do you find the right manufacturer to work with?  Look for three attributes as it relates to your product type: expertise, technology, and reputation.  Expertise: Look for manufacturers that demonstrate knowledge …

You have a once-in-a-lifetime idea!… Now what?

You want to make a product that 1) functions well, 2) looks and feels good to the user, and 3) is within budget to develop and manufacture. But that is easier said than done.   Does my product solve a problem?  Can I afford to develop this product?  What if the product does not work as intended?  The good news is that there is ready-made framework that, with the …