Concept to Completion with Additive Manufacturing
Iten Industries Inc., Ashtabula, has been “very diverse” when it comes to expanding its capabilities, says Terry Graeb, director of operations.
The manufacturer boasts a shop full of CNC machines, mills and punch presses. Iten’s tool shop allows the company to support its own processes, Graeb says.
When a client comes to Iten looking to develop a new part, that’s when the 100-year-old company “starts to shine” because of its experience and vertical integration, he says.
“We can basically do a part five or six different ways,” he says. “We try to get to the most economical approach, and it’s a win-win for both of us.”
The life of a new part begins in Iten’s engineering department, where tooling and manufacturing engineers employ 3D printing in their process. In this episode of Tricks of the Tradesman, we learn about that process.
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