CT stakes high ground in additive-manufacturing arms race

CT stakes high ground in additive-manufacturing arms race

(Hartford Business Journal, 3/11/19)

Technology mankind has used for generations to cast and shape metal parts is giving way to “additive” processes, in which digital-laser machinery applies layer upon layer of hot material to create complex parts to fine tolerances.

Some three decades after it was first introduced, additive manufacturing is finally taking hold, manufacturers and others say, but not just among tinkerers, test sites or smaller firms using it to create part prototypes.

Large Connecticut and U.S. original equipment makers like Pratt & Whitney, General Electric, Stanley Black & Decker and others are growing more comfortable with the technology’s product quality and operating efficiencies, leading them to acquire or partner with additive manufacturing — or 3D printing — companies and suppliers.

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