Brian Matthews - CEO, ADDiTECBrian Matthews - CEO
Metal 3D printing has made impressive strides in the last few years, with companies increasingly investing in technology for complex industrial applications. But there are still many challenges to be overcome. Although existing 3D printing equipment can produce lightweight and sophisticated metal components, the end products are often subject to issues with porosity, density, residual stress, cracking, wrapping, post-processing, and surface roughness.

To tackle these problems and facilitate the printing of optimized metal parts at a reduced cost, time, and environmental footprint, ADDiTEC reimagined laser metal deposition (LMD). The result of its vision was the patented laser metal deposition technology for the wire and powder (LMD-WP) process.

This technology was commercialized by its joint venture company Meltio in 2019 and is empowering ADDiTEC to solve the prominent metal component creation challenges faced by its U.S.-based clients, including major universities, research facilities, technology centers, national laboratories, and a wide range of industrial customers in the aerospace, nuclear, automotive, mining, and energy sectors. Unlike conventional systems, the LMD-WP technology leverages multiple lasers arranged around a central nozzle, allowing unidirectional 3D printing of metal parts in both wire and powder feedstock.

As an R&D company, ADDiTEC is very active in the academic, research, and technology centers, with over 30 system sales and applications completed across the United States in the past two years. Following its relocation from Las Vegas, NV, to Palm City, FL, earlier this year, ADDiTEC has invested heavily in a range of new, highly capable robotic systems that enable 3D printing of metals, including reactive metals like titanium, in complex and large geometries. ADDiTEC recently unveiled its latest robotic system, the AMRC-P, (Additive Manufacturing Robot Cell – Portable) at the FABTECH 2022 trade show in Atlanta last month, which is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing exhibition.

The ADDiTEC AMRC-P is the first truly portable additive manufacturing robot cell rated for reactive materials like titanium. The AMRC – P provides all the benefits of a robotic architecture in a compact welded cell that is portable, allowing installation and the first printed parts in just one day. The system is capable of printing parts up to 1.8m in dimension in a wide range of materials. ADDiTEC has partnered with major industrial robot brands to allow for seamless integration for large scale robotic 3D printing.
The AMRC-P features state-of-the-art software tools to accommodate complex multi-axis geometries, making printing easier and more accessible for experienced and new users. It offers high customizability, enabling users to meet all their parameter requirements.

Users can leverage the touch screen functionality to monitor the process and access proven printing profiles for a broad material range. The software is updated regularly, giving clients new features throughout the system’s lifecycle.

“Clients from the aerospace and nuclear segments, especially, prefer working with us owing to our in-depth R&D capabilities. We provide the technology and solutions to enable clients to evaluate new manufacturing ideas and approaches, and to quickly leverage the benefits of this new metal printing technology,” states Tilip Thiyagarajan, ADDiTEC Business Manager.

When engaging with clients, ADDiTEC conducts a video conference presentation, illustrating its solution’s capabilities. ADDiTEC invites clients to share example files and CAD models of parts relevant to their business, which are printed as demonstration pieces. Clients can also access the ADDiTEC factory to inspect manufactured parts and systems. For those hesitant to invest in equipment, ADDiTEC offers application work for their customers to help evaluate and inform the business case for their investment. The company works hand in hand with clients to remove all the barriers and prove its technology can do almost everything when it comes to metal additive manufacturing.

Clients from the aerospace and nuclear segments, especially, prefer working with us owing to our in-depth R&D capabilities. We provide the technology and solutions to enable clients to evaluate new manufacturing ideas and approaches, and to quickly leverage the benefits of this new metal printing technology


A testament to the company’s competencies is when Amorphology Inc, a NASA spinoff company, partnered with ADDiTEC to develop multi-metal gear components for a robotics system used in a Mars Rover. The previous collaboration between these companies had facilitated the development of a 6-inch diameter strain wave gear flexspline with 17-4 precipitation-hardened steel. The prototype was 3D printed, and CNC machined on a CNC hybrid system running the Meltio Engine with its integrated multi-laser printhead. Inspired by many such successes, numerous OEMs are seeing the relevance of ADDiTEC’s 3D metal printing products and application services to cost-effectively develop high-performance components in short time frames. The company’s team culture, driven by a positive atmosphere, attitude, and professionalism, is furthering ADDiTEC’s goal of pushing the limits of 3D printing and unlocking new opportunities.