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Fabrisonic https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:11:13 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.2 Embedded Electronics https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/embedded-electronics/ https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/embedded-electronics/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:17:18 +0000 Mark Norfolk http://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/?p=264 The solid-state nature of Fabrisonic’s UAM bond allows for of all manner of wires, fibers, and sensors into a metallic substrate. Since the metals do not have to be heated for bonding aluminum alloys can be welded with peak temperatures below 250 F.   At such low temperatures sensors, communication circuits, and actuators can be embedded into fully dense metallic structures without damage.  One example is a thermal couple embedded in a copper component (shown below).  To build the part, the copper is printed layer by layer using a SonicLayer machine.  At the appropriate z height, the thermocouple is simply placed in the build and secured with a small amount of adhesive.  The UAM process continues and copper is welded directly over the thermocouple and wire.  Since the process happens at low temperature, the sensor is unaffected by the rest of the build process.


This week Design World highlighted this unique capability in an online article.  Read the full article here.


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Made in Central Ohio https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/made-in-central-ohio/ https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/made-in-central-ohio/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:49:35 +0000 Mark Norfolk http://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/?p=258 Fabrisonic and our patented Metal 3D printing technology were highlighted today in Columbus Business First.  The article highlighted other Columbus companies such as Komar Industries and Columbus giant Worthington Industries.  The author focused on the unique capabilities to grow companies via technology development.  Fabrisonic agrees that Columbus is great place for technology innovation.  Non-profit research giants like EWI and Battelle coupled with Universities such as OSU combined with attractive government programs such as the Third Frontier Program create an environment ripe for technology  development.


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UAM Users Group https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/uam-users-group/ https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/uam-users-group/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:33:37 +0000 Mark Norfolk http://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/?p=248 This week leading researchers from around the world gathered at Fabrisonic for the first annual UAM users group.  Researchers representing six universities and three countries met to discuss developments in ultrasonic additive manufacturing.  Participating research groups included:

The Ohio State University

Loughborough University

Centre de métallurgie du Québec

University of Tennessee

University of Delaware

University of Louisville

Benet Labs

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Fabrisonic Interview from Manufacturing Engineering https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/fabrisonic-interview-from-manufacturing-engineering/ https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/fabrisonic-interview-from-manufacturing-engineering/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:52:54 +0000 Mark Norfolk http://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/?p=223 Sarah Webster, from Manufacturing Engineering Media, stopped by Fabrisonic’s both at RAPID 2014 last month.  Fabrisonic President, Mark Norfolk, was interviewed about our metal 3D printing technology.  The video includes information about the metallic properties, our hybrid process, customization for customers and much more. Click HERE for the direct link, or go to YouTube and type in “Fabrisonic CEO”.

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Fabrisonic Noticed in Machine Design https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/fabrisonic-noticed-in-machine-design/ https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/fabrisonic-noticed-in-machine-design/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:03:51 +0000 Mark Norfolk http://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/?p=221 During the Rapid 3D printing trade show this month, Fabrisonic was noticed by Machine Design. Included with a picture of a titanium/aluminum metal matrix composite, there was a short excerpt of what Fabrisonic can do for their customers.  For the direct link, click HERE.

The trade show was a wonderful experience for networking and meeting new friends in the 3D printing world.


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Fabrisonic Traveling to RAPID 2014 https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/fabrisonic-traveling-to-rapid-2014/ https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/fabrisonic-traveling-to-rapid-2014/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 19:05:40 +0000 Mark Norfolk http://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/?p=215 Next week Fabrisonic will be traveling to Detroit Michigan to exhibit at RAPID 2014.   Come by and visit us at booth #1432 to meet with Fabrisonic President Mark Norfolk, or contact him at mnorfolk@fabrisonic.com to schedule a private meeting.


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Congratulations to EWI’s New Ventures! https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/congratulations-to-ewis-new-ventures/ https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/congratulations-to-ewis-new-ventures/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:54:02 +0000 Mark Norfolk http://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/?p=182  

One of Fabrisonic’s primary owners has had a banner spring.   We are excited for all of the new opportunities that are opening up for them:

EWI is opening another location in Buffalo, New York.  As part of the Buffalo Billion Investment Development Plan, they will launch a new advanced manufacturing institute.  This investment plan was developed by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.  It will help to grow the Buffalo area to become one of the leading areas in new technologies and research. EWI will also be able to work with Erie Community College and grow even further.  To read more, visit the Buffalo Business First site and click HERE for a full article.

 In addition to Buffalo, EWI will also be a part of the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) in Canton, Michigan.  Combining efforts with The Ohio State University and the University of Michigan, they will create and expand advanced lightweight materials and utilize education and training programs to help equip a new workforce. Click ALMMII to read more about what it can offer.

For more exciting and upcoming news, visit the EWI official site.

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Hybrid AM Systems https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/hybrid-am-systems/ https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/hybrid-am-systems/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:44:15 +0000 Mark Norfolk http://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/?p=174 This month there has been a lot of buzz about the ‘new’ trend in 3D Printing to have hybrid systems.  Hybrids combine additive with subtractive systems to remove post processing.  Leslie Langnau mentioned this trend in her column this week covering AMUG.  She predicts that we will see more of these hybrid systems in the next few years.   Another article showed up this month in Manufacturing Engineering (p67).  The article extols the virtues of combining different technologies on a single system, in particular additive technologies with machining technologies.

Of course Fabrisonic’s SonicLayer line of machines are all based off of commercial CNC platforms.  The SonicLayer 4000 and 7200 both start as three axis CNC mills.  This allow for high precision in the final shape and avoids post processing steps.  Generally parts come out of the machine in their final desired shape.  It is good to get market confirmation that our original approach has value.


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Fabrisonic Receives Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/fabrisonic-receives-silver-boeing-performance-excellence-award/ https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/fabrisonic-receives-silver-boeing-performance-excellence-award/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:30:52 +0000 Mark Norfolk http://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/?p=169 Fabrisonic LLC announced that it has received a Boeing 2013 Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the annual awards to suppliers who have achieved superior performance and provided outstanding service. Fabrisonic maintained a “Silver Composite Performance Rating” for each month of the 12-month achievement period, from October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013.

This year, Boeing recognized 582 suppliers who achieved either a Gold or Silver level Boeing Performance Excellence Award. Fabrisonic is one of only 459 suppliers to receive the Silver level of recognition.

“Winning this award in only our second year of business demonstrates Fabrisonic’s dedication to building a sustainable and quality-focused organization,” says Mark Norfolk, President of Fabrisonic.  “Our consistency of performance is a target area as we continue to build our 3D-metal printing business.”

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EuroMold 2013 https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/euromold-2013/ https://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/euromold-2013/#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2013 15:35:53 +0000 Mark Norfolk http://www.fabrisonic.com/blogs/?p=163 Fabrisonic spent this last week at EuroMold in Frankfurt Germany.  The crowds at EuroMold were great.  So great, in fact, we ran out of literature by day 3 of 4.  As noted in a previous post, we used EuroMold to feature our new capability to print on cylindrical structures using the SonicLayer 4000R.   Numerous customers have inquired about using the process on a round part such as a pipe or a tapered cylinder.  Most of the applications to date are for cladding of an expensive metal onto a less expensive metal.  However, two applications actually rely on building up a 3D dimensional part using polar co-ordinates as opposed to blocky cartesian parts.  These applications have led Fabrisonic to design and build a new fourth axis that rotates underneath the traditional 3-axis motion system.  The first system is in construction right now and due to be operational in December.

At EuroMold we met industry members from all over the world including Germany, France, Switzerland, China, Japan, and Korea.  The entire hall 11 was filled with companies involved in 3D printing.  It was great to see such a large turnout in the relatively small world of 3D printing….

euromold hall





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