Ascent Aerospace invests in new Thermwood LSAM machine

AMJuly19News - ascent
AMJuly19News - ascent

Ascent Aerospace has announced its recent investment of a Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) machine from Thermwood Corporation.

As a new tooling option for its customers, Ascent intends to utilise the LSAM machine to bring tools such as layup moulds, masters, trimming/drilling fixtures and vacuum holding fixtures to market faster than ever before. The LSAM machine will be co-located with Ascent’s composite tooling shop, autoclave and clean room in Santa Ana, California, and will allow it to build targeted tools lighter and more efficiently, providing time and cost savings to its global customers.

The LSAM machine will have an industry-leading build area, providing aerospace customers the opportunity to benefit from large-scale printed composite tooling. By combining this technology with Ascent’s in-house tooling expertise and heritage engineering, it will be possible to fabricate and deliver fully functional select fixtures and moulds with significantly reduced lead-times of a traditional metallic tool. The wide variety of materials that are compatible with the LSAM, such as ABS, Polycarbonate, Nylon, and PESU resins with reinforcing compounds, will further expand the selection of tooling solutions that Ascent will bring to the market.

Ascent Aerospace CEO, Michael Mahfet stated: “Our investment in the LSAM represents the next milestone in Ascent’s multi-year technology roadmap and realisation of expansive efforts studying the benefits of additive manufacturing within the aerospace tooling market. This capability positions us to remain the leader in new and innovative tooling solutions, supporting strong collaboration with our customers and supplementing our in-house, vertically integrated design and fabrication capabilities.”

www.ascentaerospace.com

www.thermwood.com

 

Related Articles

Additive in ascendance

In a Q&A session, Aerospace Manufacturing hears the latest news from Ascent Aerospace on the company’s large-scale additive manufacturing capabilities and HyVarC tooling solutions.
1 year ago Features

At the heart of innovation

According to Airtech Advanced Materials Group’s director of additive manufacturing, Gregory Haye, innovation is at the heart of the company and continues to drive it each and every day.
8 months ago Features
Most recent Articles

Automated surface finishing on display at MACH 2022

Featuring on the Fintek stand at MACH 2022 is the automation of the surface finishing of larger components, as well as new electro-chemical processes for the removal of support structures and finishing of internal/external surfaces of 3D printed parts
2 days ago News

Full scale ahead!

Burloak Technologies’ new vice-president and general manager, Jason Ball explains how the company is supporting customers as they embark on their journey of additive manufacturing (AM) adoption. Mike Richardson reports.
2 days ago Features

Login / Sign up