Metal AM
& ManufacturingAMbition

How to explain the service

AMbition is our application development and manufacturing team.

This service is recommended for those who:

  • Are not satisfied with the past metal 3d-printing results
  • Want to use specific material
  • Want to apply AM technology to final products
  • Need a development partner

Our service

  1. Parts
  2. Design
    for AM
  3. Selecting
    and Developing
  4. Process Development
  5. Prototype & mass production
  6. Post-Process
  7. Inspection
  8. Quality Assurance

We have obtained JIIS Q 9100 certification, a quality control standard for the aerospace field.

Certificate Number: JQA-AS02054
Registration Date: October 23, 2020

JIS Q 9100: 2016*
*JIS Q 9100: 2016 is technically equivalent to AS9100D and EN9100: 2018

Parts Screening &
Design for AM (DfAM)
  • Parts Screening &
    Design for AM (DfAM)
  • Material and
    Process Development
  • Prototype and Evaluate &
  • Inspection &
    Quality Assurance

Do you have these problems?

  • Parts screening
  • Design rules of AM
  • Cost reduction
  • Dimensional tolerance
  • Computational design

What's behind

CAD work
CAD work

People tend to think that 3D printers can print any shapes, but just as every manufacturing method has its own shapes that it is good at or bad at, there are shapes that are not suitable for metal AM. Not suitable shape means a shape that does not take full advantage of AM, and in some cases, the traditional method may produce better results.
Our strength is that we can propose what parts can maximize the benefits of AM and what design changes can be made to create added value.
The design solution is to do DfAM*, but it can also be solved by developing laser exposure parameters.

※DfAM・・・・Design for Additive Manufacturing

AMbition offers you…

  • Parts Screening

    Selecting parts to be manufactured by AM from the standpoint of economic and technological viability

  • DfAM

    Redesigning 3D data for AM

  • Geometry Optimization

    Proposing of design and geometry optimization considering productivity and printability

  • FEM Analysis

    Verifying designs by FEM analysis (Static/ Thermofluidic)

  • Handling Residual Stresses

    Designing considering deformation due to residual stress

  • Next-generation Design

    Leveraging next-generation design technologies such as topology optimization and metamaterials

Past performance

  • Parts Screening

  • DfAM


Do you have these problems?

  • Parts quality
  • Surface roughness
  • Dimensional accuracy
  • Mechanical properties
  • Specific material
  • Costs

What's behind

State of microscope work
Manipulating the device

Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) is completely different manufacturing method compared to existing one, that means we get different material properties even if you use same material. Metallographic structure also depends on the parts geometry. Each material type has different laser absorption rates and that is one of the reason why metal AM has unique mechanical properties.

Metal 3d-printing has tons of process variable. Mechanical properties will change dramatically when you change an element of process variable. In other words, if we deeply understand the whole process, we can get the mechanical property we want.

By adding our metallurgy knowledge to process knowledge, we develop new 3d-printable material. We are good at developing material and process that our customer requests and there are some patented material in our material portfolio.

AMbition offers you…

  • Process Development

    Developing processes to meet your specific requirement

  • Parameter Control

    Controlling parameters by visualize heat input during 3d-printing

  • Deformation Simulation

    Simulating deformation due to residual stress, offering the best geometry

  • Metal Alloy Design

    Designing your specific metal alloys

  • Parameter Development

    Developing parameters with your specific materials and validate that printability

  • Metallographic Structure Evaluation

    Evaluating metallographic structure at the micro level

  • Heat Treatment Condition Development

    Developing conditions of heat treatment to meet your requirement

Results of past development

  • Parameter

    More than100developments
  • Heat Treatment

    More than50developments
  • Material

    More than35developments

Do you have these problems?

  • Costs
  • Lead time
  • Frequent design changes
  • Manufacturing repeatability
  • Technical issues

What's behind

State of mass production
Appearance of working with equipment

In addition to shortening development lead times, 3D printers also have the advantage of enabling performance-driven design because they can 3d-print geometries that previously could not be manufactured.

However, it is not a technology that you can just push the start button and the product will come out exactly as drawn data.
In the 3d-printable area, parts can be oriented freely in three dimensions, but their layout affects surface roughness, internal quality, productivity, and deformation from internal stresses.
Therefore, it is necessary to consider the exposure dimensions of each layer and adjust the input energy of the laser.

However, changing the amount of laser energy will also change the quality of the parts, and that need to be evaluated.
Complex channels can be 3d-printed with 3D printers, but the process allows the material powder stays in the internal channels. Therefore, it is important to devise 3d-printing plan by considering powder removability as well.

AMbition offers you…

  • DfAM

    Proposing DfAM and redesigning 3D data

  • Process Simulation

    Reducing deformation by utilizing process simulation

  • High-quality/accuracy 3d-printing

    3d-printing in high quality and high accuracy with our years of process development

  • Static Process Control

    Managing and validating process by utilizing digital technology

  • Plans considering powder removability

    Devising 3d-printing plans by considering powder removability

  • Plans for mass-production

    Devising 3d-printing plans for mass-production*

plans for mass-production
  • Layout of parts to maximize throughput.
  • Design of laser parameters to maximize productivity and quality.
  • Design for AM (DfAM)
  • Propose a quality assurance strategy

Past development performance

  • Devise 3d-printing plans
    for mass-production

    More than200Plans /year.
  • Mass-production

    More than2,000Parts /year
  • Total
    3d-printing time

    Over300thousand hours

Do you have these problems?

  • Inspection criteria and standards
  • Parts quality
  • Evaluation of material powder
  • Quality of invisible internal regions

What's behind

Appearance of working with equipment
Appearance of working with equipment

We need to control the process because metal AM is categorized as special process.

That means, there are so many things to inspect and control, including whether the machine works properly and whether the properties of material powder itself are right.

When printing the same parts at a time, different results may be obtained for each part depending on the production position and exposure parameters. Therefore, it is necessary to inspect every part produced. If any non-conformity parts are found, the cause should be clarified, and the project should be returned to parameter development.

Both destructive and nondestructive testing are needed to clarify if there are internal defects. If the 3d-printed parts have any problems, new controls need to be added on process control.

It seems very difficult to utilize AM technology, but you can say if you control the process correctly, you can manufacture parts at the completely same quality. This is a highly repeatable technology.

AMbition offers you…

  • Quality Inspection and Evaluation

    Inspecting and evaluating process, material and 3d-printed parts

  • Strategy of Quality Assurance

    Providing process management using in-process monitoring system

  • Countermeasures for 3d-print fails

    Analyzing the cause of 3d-print fails and devising countermeasures

Results of past Inspection

We conduct around 5,000 inspections a year and have data totaling more than 30,000.

Powder materials Mechanical property Dimension size and appearance inspection
Scanning Electron Micrography analysis Tensile strength 3D measurement (contact/ non-contact)
Fluorescent X-ray analysis Specific gravity Wall thickness
Powder particle size distribution Hardness Endoscopic inspection
Powder flow rate Surface roughness
Oxygen-Nitrogen analysis Conductivity measurement
Cross-section observation
Metallographic analysis
Oxygen-Nitrogen analysis