Additive manufacturing

Produce industrial-grade 3D-printed parts with a suite of cutting-edge additive manufacturing technologies

What is additive manufacturing?

Additive manufacturing involves the creation of 3D-printed parts in a series of resin or plastic layers. The first modern additive manufacturing technologies were developed in the 1980s when scientists used resin layering processes cured by UV light to create simple 3D objects.

 

Today, additive manufacturing solutions offer unprecedented design freedom. Capable of achieving complex geometries and excellent surface detail in a variety of materials, additive manufacturing technology is versatile, cost-effective, and suitable for a spectrum of industrial applications.

Additive manufacturing with Fast Radius

Built on smart technology and decades of industry expertise, our additive manufacturing solutions serve businesses across the industrial landscape. From medical implants and sports equipment, to aerospace and automotive parts, we work in partnership with you to optimize your design, select the right manufacturing technology, and make your project possible.
Whether you’re making a single prototype part, or heading into a full production run, our additive manufacturing technologies are backed by a world-class digital manufacturing infrastructure built to scale with your business needs. Iterate on your design and project plans in the cloud, store your parts in our Virtual Warehouse, and then take advantage of our network of factories to ensure the fastest possible delivery times.
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Get in touch with us today to implement your additive manufacturing project: upload your CAD file to our Cloud Manufacturing Platform™, optimize your design and choose the right additive materials, and then move to production at the click of a button. Our additive manufacturing and 3D printing capabilities serve enterprise and small business customers around the world: learn more about our full range of 3D printing services.

Making your project possible

We bring decades of engineering expertise to our additive manufacturing solutions and we’ll work closely with you to realize your vision. Our Cloud Manufacturing Platform is designed to deliver advantages that other manufacturers cannot, enabling you to unlock the potential of your project, and move from prototype to production as quickly as possible.

Studio

Use our Studio tool to apply automated design for additive manufacturing (DFAM) insight to your project and ensure your parts are optimized for quality and cost throughout the printing process.

On-Demand

Optimize your additive manufactured parts digitally in the cloud, and then manufacture them for delivery on demand when you’re ready to begin production.
On Demand

Virtual Warehouse™

Our Virtual Warehouse removes the need for costly physical storage. Order your parts on-demand while taking advantage of our networked factories and world-class supply chain.

Our additive manufacturing capabilities

Carbon® Digital Light Synthesis™ (DLS)

The Carbon DLS™ Process is a resin-based additive manufacturing technology, ideal for creating smaller, high fidelity parts with complex geometries, isotropic properties, and excellent surface finishes.

HP Multi Jet Fusion (MJF)

HP MJF technology is a powder-bed additive manufacturing technology capable of delivering strong, durable parts for a variety of industrial end-uses.

Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

A popular additive technology, FDM is capable of producing relatively low-cost parts with a variety of materials and finishing options.

Stereolithography (SLA)

A tried-and-tested additive manufacturing process, SLA employs photopolymerization to produce parts with intricate, accurate detailing, and excellent surface finishes.

Additive manufacturing advantages

Explore the key benefits and challenges of the additive manufacturing process:

Benefits

Speed: Additive manufactured parts can be created quickly, sometimes in a matter of hours.Cost: At low quantities, the cost of additive manufactured parts is often less than that of injection molding.

On-demand: Additive manufactured parts can be created on demand – reducing the cost of and need for physical storage.

Complexity geometry: Additive manufacturing is capable of producing highly complex geometries and surface detailing that can’t be achieved with other manufacturing technologies.

Strength: Plastic additive parts offer strength-to-weight benefits, and, in some cases, rival injection molding plastics for strength and durability.

Sustainability: Additive manufacturing minimizes waste by using only the material needed to produce the part.

Challenges

Part size: The size of additive manufactured parts is restricted to the capacity of the build area.Production volume: Depending on order requirements, additive manufacturing may be less cost effective per part when scaled-up for large production runs.

Material availability: Only certain materials are suitable for the additive manufacturing process which may restrict possibilities for some manufacturing projects.

Post-processing work: Depending on the process, additively manufactured parts often need support structures that have to be removed after production. Parts may also need to be cured, cleaned, sanded, or rinsed.

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Additive manufacturing applications

Additive manufacturing solutions serve businesses across the industrial landscape:

Medical devices and implants

Additive manufacturing may be used to produce medical devices, surgical guides and instruments. Biocompatible additively manufactured implants can significantly reduce timelines for medical procedures.

Aerospace and automotive

Create custom parts quickly and cost-effectively for aerospace and automotive end-uses, manufactured to the relevant industry safety and certification standards.

Jigs and fixtures

Many additive manufacturing processes offer functional strength and durability benefits, and can be used to create high tolerance jigs and fixtures for demanding industrial contexts.

Consumer goods

Additive manufacturing technologies offer an array of finishing and post-processing options, ideal for tailoring parts for consumer-facing contexts including retail, sport, and leisure.

Why choose additive manufacturing for your parts?

Functional prototyping

Additive manufacturing technology allows for the production of prototypes in the same materials as end-products, for testing in real world conditions.

Precision and accuracy

The dimensional accuracy and precision of additive manufacturing make it an ideal manufacturing option for creating custom parts or highly specialized parts with intricate shapes and angles.

Scalability

Additive manufacturing technology is highly versatile and can scale up to meet shifting market demands quickly and cost-effectively.

Complex assemblies

Additive manufacturing is an effective way to manufacture smaller, high detail parts for consolidation with other components in complex, multi-part assemblies.

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Explore additive manufacturing news and industry updates

Find additive manufacturing insight on the Fast Radius blog:

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Beyond prototyping: Scaling up to additive manufacturing for production

Fast Radius manufacturing solutions

Fast Radius manufacturing solutions serve the needs of businesses across the industrial landscape. Explore our capabilities:

CNC Machining

Automated CNC turning and 3-axis and 5-axis milling, using rotating drills, end mills, and lathes.

3D Printing

Fast, scalable, and cost-effective 3D printing technology for a variety of industrial applications.

Urethane Casting

Versatile mold-casting for the production of urethane parts, customizable with colors and textures.

Injection Molding

Cost-effective plastic injection molding for precision, high-volume production runs.

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