Combining printing with cutting and shaping technologies gives LSAM (Large Scale Additive Manufacturing) machines a significant advantage over tools that separate those techniques. Depending on the tool, the working area may be very large indeed and typical machines start around 10x20ft (3x6m). Building up a part using the 3D printing process allows the creation of strong and intricate pieces, which would be difficult or impossible to create using conventional methods. The integrated cutting and shaping tools then allow the fine tuning of the piece, giving you the best of both worlds.
The 3D printing process can be adjusted to use polymers, thermoplastics, aluminium, wood paste, and many other materials, and some LSAM machines use a combination. By creating a shape from one or more materials, the bonds between materials and parts are much stronger than using conventional methods. This composite 3D printing technique is being applied in industries from furniture manufacture to satellite construction, tunnel building to boat hulls. At Advanced Machine Systems, the LSAM machines we offer are designed for industrial applications and intended for large structures.