Industrial Equipment

From robotic additive manufacturing to additive manufacturing for automation and transportation, we stay current with the latest 3D printing, molding, and machining technologies to keep up with manufacturing today in Industry 4.0.

Additive Manufacturing Solutions for Industrial Equipment

In order to stay ahead of the competition, companies must use innovative manufacturing technologies to get better products to market faster. Industry 4.0, a new phase in the Industrial Revolution that focuses on automation, AI, machine learning, interconnectivity, and real-time data, requires additive manufacturing and other innovative processes and tools to support the growing need for niche and customized parts in the growing industries of:

  • Automation
  • Robotics
  • Electronic Devices
  • Transportation
  • Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM)

To keep up with the ongoing technology innovations that come with manufacturing today in Industry 4.0, we use the latest 3D printing, molding, and machining technologies, materials, software, and automation. We 3D print and manufacture various parts that are used in electric and conventional gas-powered vehicles, the oil and gas industry, and more. 

Based on the requirements of the part and project, our internal process identifies the best manufacturing technology and material solution to efficiently create one part or thousands of custom parts in many shapes, sizes, and materials.

Industrial 3D Printing

3D Printing Technologies

While we have had the capabilities for years, the past several years have shown us huge leaps forward in technological advancement. Our world has become a personalized, on-demand marketplace and additive manufacturing enables us to make more things, faster and better than we could before. Our 3D printing technologies include:

  • Carbon Digital Light Synthesis (DLS): The Carbon M2 Printer has a build volume measuring 7.4″ x 4.6″ x 12.8″ (189mm x 118mm x326mm)*. The M2 is ready for production with high-reliability hardware, expansion port for smart accessories, and compatible workflow automation for any production configuration.
  • Stereolithography (SLA): SLA 3D printers range in all different types and sizes. The most common are large platforms with large build capacities of at least 20” x 20” x 11” (500mm x 500mm x 280mm)* from 3D Systems.
  • HP Multi Jet Fusion (MJF): The HP 5210 printer has a build volume measuring 14.9” x 11.1” x 14.9”*, which is large enough to cover most 3D printed parts. The biggest benefit is that a full build will print in about a half-day or less and can be packed full of all different parts without support, making it prime for a lot of prototypes or production projects.
  • Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM): Industrial FDM printers have larger build platforms from 16” x 14” x 16” (400mm x 350mm x 400mm)* to 24” x 36” x 24” (900mm x 600mm x 900mm)*. There are even machines large enough to 3D print cars and homes. These machines can build parts at different layers depending on the material chosen and requirements for parts (e.g., finish, cost, quality, etc.).
  • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS): SLS printers have different build volumes depending on the type of material required. Large platforms of 19” x 19” x 17” (480mm x 480mm x 430mm)* can build parts in Nylon PA12 materials while the smaller platforms of 10.6” x 12.6” x 16” (270mm x 320mm x 410mm)* can build the more specialized materials of glass-filled nylon, TPU, and PA11. 
  • Metal 3D Printing: 3D printed metal parts can be tested rigorously or used in final end-use parts for one-off production, parts replacement, or low-volume production.
  • PolyJet: PolyJet 3D printing has been around for over 20 years and has evolved to larger build platforms, up to 20” x 15” x 8” (500mm x 380mm x 200mm)* while building in finer build layers of 0.00055”, which allows for greater detail, accuracy and finish. 

*Parts larger than build envelope can be sectioned for print then bonded back together in post-processing

Benefits of Additive Manufacturing

Our solutions allow industrial equipment designers to:

  • Develop better equipment faster: Take your idea from concept to prototype and production faster and more cost-effectively than virtually anyone else. 
  • Have more design flexibility: Make quick design changes and modifications in a fraction of the time. 
  • Create complex geometries: Using direct metal 3D printing, you can create complex and intricate geometries in a short amount of time compared to traditional machining processes.

Molding Technologies

Urethane Molding

When you need multiple prototypes that provide production material performance

or low volumes of production parts, cast urethane molding offers a cost-effective alternative. 

Also known as polyurethane, urethane casting is one of the most versatile

processes to fabricate plastic and rubber-like parts. The urethane molding process has

been used for rapid prototyping for many years to produce high-quality parts.

Injection Molding

Plastic injection molding uses thermal principles and pressures to create the parts and components you need at low costs. Our custom injection molding department is an agile team that can shift quickly based on your needs to run prototypes, bridge volumes, or high-volume production. 

We handle projects in all different materials for the industrial industry, ranging in volumes from one to 1,000,000 parts or more per year. Our injection mold presses range from 30 tons to 596 tons with barrel sizes of 3 oz to 70 oz for small, medium, and large parts. 

CNC Machining

CNC Milling

Our CNC milling machines are 3- or 4-axis systems and include automatic tool changers that reduce setup and change over time between operations and parts. 

CNC Turning

Our CNC lathe machines have bar feeders and automatic tool changers that allow for seamless production with fewer interruptions and breaks in cycles. Most parts are created with material that comes in bars, rods, and tubes. 

5-Axis CNC Milling

We operate the very best equipment in Agiecharmilles Mikron high-speed 5-axis CNC machines. Each machine is optimized for production with robotic pallet and tool change systems. These automation tools, along with IoT sensor technology, allow us to run lights-out production. 5-axis CNC machining is a great option for production machined parts that require multiple setups, complex geometries, or just high-volume repeat production runs.

EDM Machining

We make parts, tooling, and fixtures using our wire EDM, die-sinking EDM, and hole drilling EDM machines. Our EDM wire and sinker machines and processes are Nadcap-approved for non-conventional machining. The EDM equipment we operate is specialized GF Machining Agiecharmilles that leave incredible surface finish results with minimal recast layers.

Mechanical Assemblies

With our ERP system, we manage part levels from part to sub-assembly to final part assembly for all different industries and customers. 3D-printed, injection mold, and/or machined parts can be assembled with purchased screws, inserts, washers and springs, and other materials to make your complete assembly and allow you to manage one vendor and one part number.


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