Methods 3D Inc., a newly formed subsidiary of Methods Machine Tools, Inc. continues to broaden its presence in 3D printing through the completion of seven additive manufacturing laboratories located across the U.S.

Methods 3D advanced new additive manufacturing labs are outfitted with 18 printers including Direct Metal Printing (DMP), Select Laser Sintering (SLS), Stereolithography (SLA) and Multi-Jet models running 14 different materials.

Methods 3D has also added personnel to support its new infrastructure, and Mr. James Hanson was appointed as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Hanson stated, “Our new additive labs are ideal for manufacturing professionals to consult our experts and explore ways to design and produce their components using the latest 3D technology integrated with conventional machining, automation and more.”

“Engineers have been bringing their application challenges to us and we have been working with them to implement this technology into their manufacturing operations.”

IMTS 2016

At the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2016, Methods 3D introduced new advancements in 3D technology via an integrated production cell, made presentations and showcased the very latest in 3D printing systems.

At IMTS, the packed Methods 3D booth featured an innovative new concept demonstrating how 3D technology can be deployed in an automated production cell environment.

3D System’s modular ‘Figure 4” cell was operating lights-out with Fanuc robotic arms, mass-producing multiple parts. Figure 4 is 3DS’ new high speed SLA technology capable of generating parts up to 50 times faster than typical SLA printers.

gasworld will be writing more on the topic of 3D Manufacturing in the upcoming April Fabrication and Manufacturing issue.