Solving The High Cost of Low Volume Plastic Parts

March 08


PMT Shielding Solutions provides highly reflective coating solutions principally to aerospace, defense, and medical industries. They design quantities of fixtures for their customer’s parts to be shielded from EMI and RF intrusions. They also design molds for custom silicone masking.

PMT has gone from three steps in its additive manufacturing journey:

  1. Machining
  2. Outsourcing to service bureaus
  3. In-house production with an industrial 3D printer

With in-house production, savings have been between 50-70% in fully loaded part costs

Adam Anaforian from PMT and Ed Israel from Plural Additive Manufacturing present PMT’s growth, a detailed analysis of cost savings, and highlighting of new capabilities PMT can provide their customers. Learn how PMT moved from machining to outsourced printing to internal production.  

Primary Topics

  • Comparison of advantages of service bureaus   and internal production
  • Using a framework to estimate low volume plastic part ROI
  • Exploration of new services using additive manufacturing

Presenters: Ed Israel and Adam Anaforian

Ed has over 30+ years in the high-tech, product design & manufacturing, and technology consulting world. He was responsible for growing business at a local, regional, and national level for several companies including his own, over his career. He considers his key strengths to be in applying technology to solve business problems, building brands and long-term customer relationships, and helping companies bring new products to market. He has served on many key technology company advisory boards in the past helping to drive decisions around the best way for both the technology companies and their U.S. partners to build successful business units. In the last few years, Ed has been working with his co-founder to help enable additive manufacturing to businesses of all size to benefit from the technology which enabled the launching of their company, Plural.

Adam Anaforian is the logistics and 3D printing manager at PMT Shielding Solutions, also known as Plastic-Metals Technologies, Inc. PMT provides thin film metallization processes with superior quality, value, and expertise. PMT is an industry leader in vacuum metallizing principally engaged in the aerospace, defense, medical, and highly reflective coatings industries.

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