Reaching 100 WTFFF?! Podcast episodes is a milestone for us and to commemorate it, 3D Print Metal additive manufacturer, Addaero printed the Angel design that started it all for us, only this time instead of PLA, it is printed in Titanium. Using Electron Beam Melting or Powderbed Fusion Technology, 3D Print Metal manufacturing is changing the geometric constraints on aerospace, underwater, space and other industrial (and consumer) applications for machined parts.
Rich Merlino, David Hall and Dr. Cesar Terrazas talk not only about the process and application of 3D Print Metal but have dissuaded any preconceptions that 3D Printed parts on a plane are unsafe. In fact, Tracy is convinced that she would rather be in a plane with 3D Print Metal parts – without all the machining and handwork involved in traditional fabrication, it should be safer! We talk also about what’s holding back widespread adoption and the types of projects that can benefit from additive manufacturing especially when looking at high mold costs and low initial volume. The guys at Addaero even gave us some special tips for 3D Print Metal design –
- Wall thicknesses greater than 1/2mm are best
- One cubic foot overall build volume
- Complexity is fine – even preferred
- Be careful of traps – areas smaller than 40 thousandths that might trap powder
Thanks to all our subscribers and binge listeners. We look forward to one hundred more episodes! Be sure to subscribe to the WTFFF?! Podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss our upcoming episodes – we have a great Fall line-up!
About Addaero Manufacturing
Addaero brings together people steeped in aerospace industry experience combined with in-depth knowledge of additive technologies and processes. This teaming arrangement provides customers the ability to unlock the potential strength of additive parts in their products and processes. No additive parts manufacturer can match the offering. They live additives and aerospace, and have done so for over 15 years.
As President, Rich Merlino heads up the Addaero Manufacturing operation and is responsible for the overall direction of the company. For a majority of his career, he’s served in various sales and operations capacities for Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies.
AS VP of Operations, David Hill oversees all of the operational aspects of the company. Prior to joining Addaero, he held significant roles with Pratt & Whitney in operations as well as engineering and international business development.
Dr. Cesar Tezzaras brings over a decade of additive Electron Beam Melting experience to his role as VP of Engineering at Addaero. He’s published several papers on additive parts and materials properties and is often quoted in industry resources and publications.
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