AM Americas Exhibitor Spotlight Series: Formalloy

The Formalloy L221 metal additive manufacturing (AM) system, featuring a blue laser, up to 5 axes of motion, an inert gas build chamber option and multi-hopper powder feeder

AM Shows and Disruptive Magazine have decided to join forces in the lead up to Additive Manufacturing Americas 2017 and bring you the Exhibitor Spotlight series. This is an opportunity for exhibitors to fill you in on the products and services they intend to showcase at the event as well as share their views on the future of industrial 3D printing/additive manufacturing (AM). If you like what you read, all the more reason to come meet them on December 6-8, in Pasadena, USA.

Name and job title: Melanie Lang, co-founder
Address: 2810 Via Orange Way, Suite A, Spring Valley, California, USA, 91978
Phone number: +1 619 377 9101
Email: info@formalloy.com / Website: www.formalloy.com 
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Company description: Headquartered in San Diego, California, Formalloy is a metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology company that is principally engaged in the design, research, development, manufacture and integration of AM systems, products and services. Formalloy’s patent-pending laser metal deposition process provides an innovative, cost-effective solution for metal AM part production, repair and cladding to a diverse set of industries.

What products and/or services will you be showcasing at Additive Manufacturing Americas 2017?
Formalloy will be showcasing our new machine model, the L-series, featuring a blue laser, up to 5 axes of motion, an inert gas build chamber option and multi-hopper powder feeder. Formalloy will have a NASA rocket nozzle demonstrator on display, built on our machines for our NASA Marshall Space Flight Center customer.

What influenced your decision to exhibit at Additive Manufacturing Americas 2017?
Our goal at Formalloy is to enable customers to adopt AM technology by delivering high-quality machines and OEM solutions that we design and build. This show will allow us to connect with some of those potential customers.

What do you consider to be the key potential for OEMs adopting or optimizing the use of 3D printing/AM and advanced design and manufacturing technologies, and how is your company positioning itself to realize this potential?
The use of metal 3D printing/AM can reduce part lead times from months to hours, repair metal parts effectively and efficiently and be used for laser cladding and welding applications. Formalloy is at the leading edge of metal AM technology with the ability to integrate into existing production lines/robot cells quickly as well as provide turn-key additive systems that can create, repair and clad parts. Formalloy’s systems enable metal 3D printing/AM with difficult to process materials like copper-alloys, nickel- and titanium-based alloys, magnetics and gradient or bi-metallic materials.

What in your opinion will be the next big advance for 3D printing/AM?
The next advance for 3D printing/AM in the directed energy/metal deposition space is the incorporation of short-wavelength lasers to improve build efficiency and quality. Formalloy recently released, and delivered, the first AM system featuring blue laser technology.

If you could say one thing to convince OEMs to embrace 3D printing/AM and the ecosystem of allied technologies, what would it be?
The 3D printing/AM ecosystem is complimentary to ‘traditional’ manufacturing technologies. By expanding the design envelope, new possibilities exist for applications such as gradient material or bi-metallic parts, in which multiple materials are used to build up a single part.