Only a few months ago, at the beginning of 2019, we told you about a new project by NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski to found an advanced manufacturing company and lead it to be a dominant player servicing a number of different industrial segments. Now that project is taking off as KAM announced additions to the leadership team, additional investments in its lineup of AM equipment and updates on building out its new facility.
KAM has made significant equipment investments to complete and augment all phases of the additive manufacturing workflow. These included two metal 3D printers for processing aluminum and Inconel. Current metal 3D printer line up includes tow GE Concept Laser M2 Multi-laser Machines (build volume: 250 mm x 250 mm x 350 mm), one SLM 280 Dual Laser with two 700W Lasers (build volume: 280 mm x 280 mm x 365 mm) and one EOS M 290 with a 400W Laser (build volume: 250 mm x 250 mm x 325 mm). Measurement and test capabilities were also extended via a coordinate measuring machine (CMM) and a tensile strength tester providing enhanced measurement and material mechanical capabilities. Finally, KAM increased additive part removal and subtractive capabilities with a new CNC precision saw.
In the executive team, John Murray joined the team as president of KAM. In this role, Murray will oversee global business development and expansion of the company’s technical capabilities. Murray is well-known in the industry as a pioneer in additive manufacturing. Having driven additive manufacturing heavily into the European and U.S. motorsports segments since the late 1990s, Murray’s work has had a direct impact on the design and testing of F1 racecars. Murray brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership acumen to the team, with over 25 years of experience in digital design, rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing.
“The addition of John Murray to our team elevates us to the next level,” said KAM owner and CEO, Brad Keselowski. “His leadership, combined with our latest growth investments enhance our vision of quality, speed and innovation through our people and resources.”
“I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with Brad for the past year and a half,” said Murray. “During this time, I’ve witnessed him take KAM from a dream to reality. I’ve visited countless businesses all over the world who are using additive manufacturing. Brad’s tenacious obsession with speed in everything he does is like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. It’s an honor to work side by side with him to blaze this exciting path forward in hybrid design and manufacturing.”
Steve Fetch has also been promoted from general manager to chief operating officer at KAM. The company continues the expansion of its robust Mazak CNC platform utilizing Big Kaiser tool holding technology and customized production systems. Simultaneously, construction has begun on a state-of-the-art engineering center that is targeted to be finished in Q3 of 2019. The goal of this center is to increase the effectiveness of KAM’s investments in engineering resources, engineering software platforms, simulations tools and product development to drive disruptive solutions in the marketplace.
KAM currently operates from a 70,000 sq. ft. facility which houses additive metal manufacturing, high precision CNC machining, inspection and 3D scanning services, a full-service metallurgical laboratory, powder booths and
post-processing (stress relief, surface finishing, etc.) systems. All the investments contribute to KAM’s business model of vertical integration, where customers have the option of completing a manufacturing job from start to finish in-house, as opposed to sourcing out parts of the process across multiple shops. KAM’s model also allows for custom solutions within the different manufacturing processes such as CT scanning and metrology, to hybrid builds that combine additive and subtractive technologies.
“We’ve moved really fast as a company,” Keselowski said. “From the time we opened our doors a year ago to now, the momentum has never let up and I don’t expect it to any time soon. Our fast-paced growth and the investment strategies across all of our resources is laying the foundation for us to scale up in the additive industry on a level that no one in the marketplace has done yet.”