This November, Liberty Electronics will celebrate five years since producing its first in-house 3D printed part in 2013. The company added two additional 3D printers to its roster in 2016, another this month, and is looking ahead at the possibility of adding metal-capable machines in the future. The implementation of additive manufacturing has proven to be incredibly successful for the company and has continued to set Liberty apart as a versatile innovator in the industry.
Since introducing additive manufacturing to its services in November of 2013, Liberty has been able to design and produce tools, fixtures, jigs, assembly aids, and specialty packaging, as well as create accommodations for employees with disabilities. The results have been extraordinary. The company has seen improved efficiency and increased productivity with reduced quality issues and process variation.
This month, with the commissioning of its newest printer, the Stratasys 450mc (pictured to the right), Liberty can now double the additive manufacturing production capacity for FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) parts. This will also increase engineering grade materials processing capabilities, using materials including Carbon Filled Nylon 12, Ultem 1010, Ultem 9085, and Antero 800 (PEKK). The increased capabilities will help the company support customer demand for stronger and more robust process tooling.
With 3D printing, Liberty Electronics is now poised to increase design services for its aerospace clients. These customers rely on the rapid prototyping, efficient component design and evaluation, and the fine-tuned process development that additive manufacturing offers. Liberty is now more versatile in its ability to provide what these aerospace customers need.
The recent addition of two new Artec 3D scanning systems means that Liberty can now reverse engineer mechanical components with greater freedom and flexibility. This will help the company streamline the process development for both old and new designs, especially its legacy wiring harnesses. Obsolete or hard to obtain components can be recreated in-house, at little cost and with lessened wait time.
Going forward, it will be exciting to see what innovative products can be created and achieved with the new FDM materials Liberty provides. In the future, Liberty hopes to add metal-capable 3D printers to its roster, slowly embracing and integrating these machines on the production floor. By achieving these more versatile ways to meet customer demand, Liberty will then be fully established as a qualified source for additive manufacturing component production.
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