Los Angeles additive manufacturing company 3DEO started out with a strong vision for the use of metal AM as a high-volume production process. As it has evolved in recent years this vision has started to materialize, with the company fulfilling large-batch orders for metal 3D printed components. This past June, for instance, the company shipped a batch of 150,000 metal parts. Now, the company’s work has been recognized through the 2020 Design Excellence Award Competition, sponsored by MPIF, the international trade association for metal powder industries.
By winning the Design Excellence Award for a metal 3D printed production component, 3DEO has shown that its metal AM approach, and metal AM at large, is a force within the metal powder market. The part in question was an “anchor link,” a small part with an evidently big impact.
“We are honored to receive this award of distinction from MPIF,” said Payman Torabi, Ph.D., Co-Founder and CTO of 3DEO. “It is a terrific accomplishment for 3DEO that highlights the giant leaps we have made over the last 18 months commercializing our technology. 3D printing is an incredible modern tool with a lot of advantages. You can’t utilize all its potential powers with an outdated mindset or approach. We as engineers, designers, builders, and innovators need to start rethinking our methods so all of humanity can witness and benefit from a new industrial revolution.”
What is notable about the design award is that 3DEO’s 3D printed component was not just up against other additive parts, it beat out traditional manufacturing techniques as well, like CNC machining and metal injection molding. In its day-to-day, 3DEO produces production parts for a range of industries, including aerospace, defense, medical and consumer goods.
Matt Petros, Ph.D., CEO of 3DEO, added: “It is particularly exciting to me that the winning component is a high-volume production part, not a one-off prototype. We had to out-compete CNC machining to win the production order, and we did that with a lower piece price AND the ability to seamlessly scale quantities into very high volumes. It was a ‘win-win’ for both 3DEO and our customer.
“The design award for such a high-volume production component is a terrific example of the tangible progress we are making. Thank you to MPIF for the recognition, and most importantly thank you to our customers for working side-by-side with us to change the world of manufacturing together.”