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

3D Printing Dissimilar Metals Improves Thermal Performance

By Mark Norfolk on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Fabrisonic has the unique ability to 3D print heat exchangers utilizing dissimilar metals and routinely 3D prints copper and aluminum heat exchangers. Our patented process, Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM), is a low-temperature process which harness sound waves to merge layers of metal foil in a process that requires no melting. In aerospace aluminums, Fabrisonic hasRead more

Gradient Material Solutions Utilizing Dissimilar Metals with Fabrisonic

By Mark Norfolk on Friday, August 24th, 2018

Metal-based Functionally Graded Materials (FGM’s) were somewhat of a theoretical exercise prior to the advent of additive manufacturing. Many applications of FGM’s have been conceived, but very few have moved to production. The idea is to make a composite material by interweaving two or more independent metals through thickness with a specific gradient. By interweavingRead more

Meet The Man Behind Fabrisonic’s Heat Exchangers

By Mark Norfolk on Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Fabrisonic’s patented low-temperature 3D metal printing process, Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM), is an enabling technology that allows engineers to print otherwise impossible heat exchangers. With UAM, designers can achieve dissimilar metals anywhere in the device, CNC surface finishes on both the exterior and interior surfaces, as well as the ability to embed sensors at anyRead more

The Top Five Reasons to 3D Print Your Next Heat Exchanger

By Mark Norfolk on Monday, June 25th, 2018

Heat exchangers play a vital role in the performance of industrial components in electronics, aerospace, and power generation. Increasingly, there is a need for high-performance thermal management devices that can pull heat out of smaller and smaller areas at higher and higher rates. The push for increased efficiency of traditional thermal management devices has broughtRead more

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