Additive Manufacturing

Leveraging tooling expertise and internal design capabilities, Ascent can evaluate the use of 3D printed jigs and fixtures as part of your sub-assembly and final assembly process.

Vertically integrated in-house design and fabrication allows us to recommend traditional or additively manufactured tooling solutions.

Ascent’s internal resources and relationships with industry-leading vendors gives us access to the full suite of additive technologies.

Common plastic and composite technologies

  • LFAM – Industry-leading thermoplastic capability with Thermwood 10’x40’ LSAM
  • Stereolithography (SLA) – ideal for rapid plastic prototyping and small jigs, fixtures, and shop aids
  • Laser Sintering (SLS) – high-resolution production parts using Nylon
  • Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF/FDM) – flexible prototyping with variety of material & filler

Common metallic technologies

  • Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) – powder-based process for complex geometries and high-value materials
  • Direct Energy Deposition (DED) – wire-based process for rapid deposition

Large Format Additive Manufacturing (LFAM) Capabilities

  • Thermwood LSAM machine is installed and is fully operational in Santa Ana, co-located with Ascent’s composite shop
  • 10’x40’ build area capable of depositing a wide variety of thermoplastic materials, including ABS, PC, Nylon, and PEEK
  • Vacuum mill fixtures, holding fixtures, handling tools, check fixtures, master molds, layup molds, prototypes

LSAM Capabilities Sheet

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