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SAAM - Small Area Additive Manufacturing

3D Printed Projects

3D printing or Additive manufacturing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object from a digital model. The engineer or designer creates a 3D CAD model or an object. The solid model is sliced into layers in software, then the software determines how to build each layer with the particular system and print settings. The 3D Printer uses an additive process, where layers of material are added, one on top of another to build a complete part. SAAM uses Fused Filament Fabrication to build each layer. A filament of PLA (or other thermoplastic) is melted and extruded through a small nozzle. The nozzle is programmed to complete each layer before moving on to the next.

3D Printed Press Brake Tooling

View how CI uses 3d printed tooling, in order to form complex parts. We also show how you can use 3d printed backgage fingers for difficult gaging.


3D Printed Shelby Cobra

Time-lapse video of SAAM 3d printing a replica of BAAM's printed Shelby Cobra. It took approximately 2 hours to complete with 25 grams of plastic.