8/28/2015

Additive/Subtractive Manufacturing Service Launched

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A prototyping bureau in China is offering both metal 3D printing and CNC machining under one roof.

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Star Prototype, a British-Owned rapid manufacturer located in China’s Guangdong Province, has launched AddSub Manufacturing, a process the combines metal 3D printing and five-axis CNC machining to quickly deliver short runs of complex components.

According to Gordon Styles, president of Star, “Most metal 3D-printed parts are not used as prototypes, but as complex low-volume manufactured components, and many of these parts need certain high-precision features that are virtually impossible to produce with 3D printing alone.” When 3D printing companies don’t offer secondary machining services, it forces customers to take care of the work themselves or farm it out to a second bureau.

The AddSub additive and subtractive manufacturing service serves as a one-stop shop for creating parts that would otherwise require the input of two separate service bureaus. Parts can be moved from additive machines to CNC machining centers without being removed from the build plate, saving time and avoiding errors. STAR sees the service as being particularly useful for customers in the motorsport, aerospace, military, medical and dental industries.

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