SensePipe – 3D printing sensors into rocket fuel plumbing

By Mark Norfolk on Friday, October 4th, 2019

The solid-state nature of Fabrisonic’s Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM) bond allows for encapsulation of all manner of wires, fibers, and sensors into a metallic substrate.  Over the years, Fabrisonic has embedded strain gauges, microphones, thermocouples, and even ultrasonic inspection sensors into solid metal parts.   By burying a sensor into solid metal the sensor is: HardenedRead more


Made in America:  A Different Take on Metal 3D Printing

By Mark Norfolk on Friday, September 13th, 2019

Fabrisonic recently had the pleasure of hosting the crew from Made in America to talk about metal 3D printing. These journalists travel the country and document the dynamic of American manufacturing, from industrial luggage at Pelican to metal 3D printing at Fabrisonic.  All of the diverse manufacturing companies have one thing in common, they allRead more


‘Smart Baseplate’  – Measuring stress in PBF baseplate

By Mark Norfolk on Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Fabrisonic’s patented low-temperature Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM) process utilizes ultrasonic welding to 3D print metal parts.  Although our process does not use powders, we have lots of friends in industry that use powder based processes.  Read “Not ALL 3D Printers Use Powder” for a more in depth break down of the difference between UAM andRead more


The New SonicLayer 1200 – Smaller Footprint and Great Price!

By Mark Norfolk on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

In-space manufacturing has gained attention with the advent of 3D printing that allows generic feedstock to be molded into seemingly any shape imaginable.  By stocking a few key feedstocks, 3D printing can be used in far reaching places to create repair parts or even generate new structures.  With unique safety, weight, and power considerations, printingRead more


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

By Mark Norfolk on Thursday, March 7th, 2019

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


Can 3D printing enhance security?

By Mark Norfolk on Friday, January 18th, 2019

Like any new technology, 3D printing can be used for both good and for more nefarious applications. Many news headlines have warned about the possible security holes in 3D printing: 3D printers could enable criminals by giving them access to tools never imagined Additive manufacturing can be used to create unlicensed knock off merchandise TheRead more


Fabrisonic and Luna Innovations. Awarded 2 Research Contracts by SBIR/STTR to Embed Sensors in 3D Parts

By Mark Norfolk on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Embedding Sensors in 3D Printed Parts Have you ever wanted to know the exact strain in a critical component during operation? What if you could monitor your additive manufacturing process in situ … would that help you improve? Luna Innovations and Fabrisonic have been collaborating on 3D printed “smart structures” to answer these questions.  Read more


Not ALL 3D Printers Use Powder

By Mark Norfolk on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Often times when potential customers inquire about developing a new part, we get asked about the powders that we use in our 3D printing process. We always respond with “Our 3D printing processes do not use powder”   Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) is the ASTM standard name for 3D printing techniques based on a powderRead more


3D Printing Utilizing Dissimilar Metals Eliminates Common Manufacturing Limitations

By Mark Norfolk on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Joining of dissimilar metals is becoming more important as industries seek to optimize each portion of a product by combining different alloys into one part.  For example in the automotive industry, bodies of vehicles are being made with aluminum to drive out weight, while frames of the vehicle are still being made with steel. WeldingRead more