The AM process works directly from the Computer Aided Design model (3D CAD). It orients the components and slices the CAD data into layers which are then drawn in the build chamber using a Ytterbium fibre laser onto a powder bed containing fine metallic particles (Powder). Each layer is "grown" together to produce the final component.
Innovate 2 Make Ltd (i2M) was formed in 2012 and established a machine-independent AM based manufacturing facility. i2M recognises the need to provide clear open access to this exciting new technology and has already helped a number of major manufacturing companies to adopt AM into their production processes. These initial projects have proven the acceptance readiness for AM technology.