Technology Applications Center

Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing (AM)  describes the technologies that build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material. Rather than milling a workpiece from solid block, for example, Additive Manufacturing builds up components layer by layer using materials which are available in fine powder form. The term "3D printing" is increasingly used as a synonym for Additive Manufacturing. A range of different metals, plastics and composite materials may be used with additive manufacturing.

The technology is especially useful for rapid prototyping. Additive Manufacturing is also now being used increasingly in Series Production. It can provide Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) with cost-saving potential and the ability to meet sustainability goals.

Benefits of Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing technology is a great asset when a new approach to design and manufacturing is required. It allows for a design-driven manufacturing process, the integration of functional features, and the ability manufacture small batch sizes at reasonable unit costs and a high degree of product customization even in serial production.

 

Additive Manufacturing at Alabama Power’s Technology Applications Centers

The TAC can demonstrate additive manufacturing solutions for your business. In addition to the technology demonstrations, the TAC staff can assist you in your quest for continuing process improvement with targeted evaluations and product testing of your specific application.

Contact us to schedule an appointment.

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