M2 Optics Inc., a US manufacturer of customized fiber optic solutions for communications testing and networking applications, has launched a new 3D design and printing service business. The services will help companies solve critical and timely challenges that require customized, or non-standard, parts not readily available in the marketplace.
M2 Optics has been leveraging its 3D printing expertise and capabilities within its Raleigh NC facility – manufacturing customized fiber optic solutions for leading entities, across multiple sectors, around the world.
M2 Optics noted that engineering and technical teams face significant challenges when a standard part does not fit a particular application. Additionally, many entities do not have readily available staff with the necessary design expertise, or a way to receive custom-made parts quickly and cost-effectively, given the current global supply chain challenges. M2 Optics’ service will eliminate that issue – as the company is able to support the entire process, or the individual phases, of a typical 3D printing project – such as rapid part design, prototyping, and production.
“Rapid 3D printing design and prototyping enables organizations to respond quickly to product development opportunities and capability gaps in the fast-paced, dynamic business environment”, said Charlie Byrd, M2’s VP of Sales and Operations. “Coupling quick response times with swift, precise solutions are vital to meeting the needs of today’s world. Additive manufacturing technologies allow the production of geometry impossible with traditional methods, opening the door to unlimited possibilities. Also, with supply chain shortages negatively impacting many businesses at this time, partnering with a 3D printing company like M2 provides a competitive edge by reducing lead times for parts and design processes.”
M2 Optics caters caters to the different aspects of 3D printing, with an array of different manufacturing service offerings, such as creating new designs from scratch, generating rapid prototypes (functional and visual) or launching full-scale production runs, offer a variety of material types, including PLA, PETG, ABS, PC, Nylon, Flexibles, and others, and utilizing multiple printing processes, including FDM, SLS, and SLA.
M2 Optics points out that, while numerous 3D printing service businesses exist, many rely on the customer to provide the CAD/design files – as the companies either do not provide design services, or outsource it – adding an extra step, time, and costs for the customer. Providing support for every stage of the process results in an improved and more efficient experience for the customer.
Although the company has not publicly advertised this service until now, M2 Optics reports that they have already completed numerous 3D printing projects for other companies – ranging from small brackets for a telecom network application to life-size Star Wars characters for a charity project.