Brookhouse acquires 3D printer

Composite manufacturer Brookhouse Aerospace has invested in a 3D printer to make carbon fiber composites for aerospace and defense.

The company has purchased a Fortus 450mc from 3D printing specialist Stratasys, which can process a range of materials, including Ultem 9085 flame retardant thermoplastic, that are approved for use within these industries with carbon fiber.

According to the company, the additive manufacturing (AM) machine will help it make parts in low volume for R&D projects. “Often, the challenge is to take a concept or idea to prototype phase in short lead-times and with often-fast changing designs,” the company said. “The 3D printing capability allows for a quick solution for the manufacture of low volume tooling and fixtures that would traditionally take weeks to design and manufacture.”

According to Ian Pilkington, Brookhouse aerospace engineering manager, the machine allows the company to provide fixtures, intensifiers, press brake tooling, trim tools and even high temperature mold tools.