CNC Milling vs. Additive Manufacturing: What You Need to Know

By Mark Norfolk on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

The number one question we hear at Fabrisonic is “We are currently CNC milling this part. How much cheaper can you print it?” The short answer that immediately comes out as, “If you can CNC mill it, for the love of God please CNC mill it.” Why You (Typically) Can’t 3D Print a Traditionally CNCRead more


Building Fiber Optic Strain Sensors into Metal Components [White Paper]

By Mark Norfolk on Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Fiber optic strain sensors and other temperature sensitive components can be integrated directly into dense metal with Fabrisonic’s patented hybrid metal 3D printing process, Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM). Dr. Adam Hehr, Research Engineer at Fabrisonic, recently wrote Building Fiber Optic Strain Sensor into Metal Components, which delves deeper into the fundamental work Fabrisonic is doing to embed fiberRead more


The Top 5 Reasons Hybrid Additive Manufacturing Makes Sense

By Mark Norfolk on Friday, January 26th, 2018

Many 3D printers in the metal AM space are migrating to a hybrid additive manufacturing approach to satisfy stringent industry requirements.  While not formally defined with ASTM terminology, hybrid additive manufacturing is generally considered to be a combination of additive manufacturing (3D printing) and subtractive manufacturing (CNC milling) technologies in a single machine.  Hybrid solutionsRead more


The Biggest 3D Printing Holiday Trend This Season

By Hilary Johnson on Thursday, December 21st, 2017

3D printing is used for a multitude of purposes including creating car parts, smartphone cases, fashion accessories, medical equipment, artificial organs and everything in between. The latest trend in 3D printing this holiday season is 3D printed ornaments. Recently, I read an article on 3Dprint.com which showcased unique 3D printed ornament designs.  I was inspired byRead more


Fabrisonic 3D Metal Printing Design Challenge

By Mark Norfolk on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Fabrisonic presents a 3D metal printing challenge that leverages the unique capabilities of Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM).  We want to see your creative engineering solutions made possible through UAM.  The winner will receive a metal part printed via UAM and recognition through our social media channels. Unique designs will be judged by a UAM expertRead more


Happy Hallows’ Eve

By Mark Norfolk on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Happy Halloween!!! As some of you may know, the Fabrisonic team has a sweet tooth and quirky sense of humor.  We calmly celebrated by having festive cupcakes and a red velvet cake that had an “accident.”  While we don’t necessarily print sweets, they are layers of cake, icing and sprinkles…so, we are going to rollRead more


Happy 6th Birthday Fabrisonic!!!

By Mark Norfolk on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

You say it’s your birthday?!!! Well it’s our birthday too!!!  It’s officially Fabrisonic’s 6th big day, and we are still in business.  Since half of all business’ fail in the first five years, we are pretty happy. Over the last six years we have grown from one employee to seven (seven and half if youRead more


Let’s Get Ready to Rumble at MS&T!!!

By Mark Norfolk on Monday, October 9th, 2017

Well, maybe “rumble” isn’t the word.  Get ready to hear some amazing presentations?!  Doesn’t seem to have the same ring to it. This week is MS&T in Pittsburgh, PA and started yesterday on Sunday, October 8th.  There are a bunch of presentations going on with a variety of subjects.  Our very own Dr. Adam HehrRead more


Free Pass to FABTECH Anyone?

By Mark Norfolk on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Fabrisonic will be in Chicago at FABTECH on November 6th-9th.  If you are planning on being in the area and want to attend, we have a FREE EXPO PASS for you.  For those who don’t know, FABTECH is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event.  They are rapidly picking up on theRead more


Fabrisonic Welcomes Expanded Capacity with New SonicLayer™ 4000

By Mark Norfolk on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Last week, Fabrisonic welcomed another SonicLayer™ 4000 machine to our production metal 3D printing facility.  Shoehorning a nine-ton machine into place took a bit of skill, but Meyer’s Movers did a great job. We made a video that showcases all the fun HERE. Fabrisonic’s production machines start out life as a commercial 3 Axis CNCRead more