The Benefits of a Hybrid Additive Manufacturing Process

By Mark Norfolk on Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Hybrid additive manufacturing is a newer term in the additive manufacturing industry used to describe machines that combine additive and subtractive operations within a unified machine framework. Thus, hybrid additive manufacturing machines can print and cut in one machine.  This is a logical combination since: Essentially ALL additive manufacturing processes have rough surface finishes orRead more

The Benefits of 3D Printing Flexible Electrical Connectors

By Mark Norfolk on Monday, May 18th, 2020

Foil-based flexible electrical connectors are widely used in industry for applications where relative motion exists between two surfaces.  Often times, customers come to Fabrisonic with a multitude of flexible electrical welding problems. This blog will delve into the traditionally-used joining techniques for foil-based welding and explains how our Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM) process provides severalRead more

How to Begin Your Additive Manufacturing Journey

By Mark Norfolk on Monday, February 3rd, 2020

We’re thrilled to have our first guest blog from Dr. Edward D. Herderick. Dr. Herderick is a recognized leader in the commercialization of manufacturing technologies. He currently serves as the Director of Additive at The Ohio State University Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence. He previously was the Global Sales Leader for GE Inspection Technologies andRead more

Fabrisonic 2019 Year-In-Review

By Mark Norfolk on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

In the new year, we find ourselves reflecting on all the fun we had over the last 12 months. Below are some of the highlights from our adventures in 3D printing. 2020 is already full of promise with some unbelievable new parts and customers. Stay tuned! February 2019– We started off the year by hostingRead more

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