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Phillips’ Addition of EOS at Rock Island provides World-Class Metal 3D Printing Capabilities

Hanover, MD – Phillips Corporation Federal Division has engaged EOS North America as a strategic partner in support of its Public Private Partnership (P3) efforts at the Army Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing (“CoE”) at Rock Island Arsenal-Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center.

As the first Certified Training Partner representing EOS North America’s Additive Minds group, Phillips will deliver advanced engineering and consulting capability, empowering the Army to achieve its long-term additive manufacturing objectives.

Andy Snow, Senior Vice President at EOS North America states: “Deciding to collaborate with a strategic partner to represent EOS in the Federal Government was one of the most important decisions I have ever made in our business. The essential elements of a successful partnership consist of a good fit between the partners’ personalities, similar values, the ability to be a team player, compatible goals and clear expectations, and mutual trust. Phillips Federal represents all these values, and we at EOS are delighted to be teaming with them on the Rock Island P3 initiative, as well as many other strategic opportunities across the Government sector.”

John Harrison, President of Phillips Corporation Federal Division, adds, “We are grateful to have EOS, the universally recognized world leader in direct metal printing, as a partner at the Army’s Rock Island Arsenal. We look forward to working collaboratively with EOS and achieving the Army’s readiness mission through the implementation of additive manufacturing. .”

About EOS North America: EOS North America is a business of EOS, the world’s leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Formed in 1989, the independent company is a pioneer and innovator for comprehensive solutions in additive manufacturing. Its product portfolio of EOS systems, materials, and process parameters gives customers crucial competitive advantages in terms of product quality and the long-term economic sustainability of their manufacturing processes. Furthermore, customers benefit from deep technical expertise in global service, applications engineering, and consultancy.

The Rock Island AM Innovation Center

The Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center occupies 1.5 million square feet of its Kingsbury Complex home. As the only multi-purpose and vertically integrated metal manufacturer in the Department of Defense, the center possesses the unique technical expertise and equipment to manufacture products high in quality and sustainability. 

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Industry and Aerospace Parts - The Challenge to Print Bigger

Launcher, a company that is developing the world’s most efficient rocket, wanted to print bigger. The problem is there are size limitations to additive manufacturing, requiring larger parts like rocket engines to be welded. Assembly of multiple parts is expensive and does not allow you to create an optimal cooling design that a single part offers.

Roughly 90% of a rocket’s mass is fuel, while the payload is only between 0.5 – 3%. The plan from the beginning was to apply lower-cost manufacturing to true-and-tested rocket designs. Additive manufacturing was an easy choice to reduce cost, but ensuring high-performance and correct engine fuel consumption would prove more difficult.  If you can reduce the fuel needed by just a few percents, you can reduce the rocket size, tank size, and propellant mass and reallocate that mass to increase the payload.

With these limitations in mind, Launcher settled on printing the biggest engine they could affordably build, but with the caveat that it had to be in one piece. Without a machine big enough to 3D print their full-size engine, Launcher took a risk and placed a bet that the technology can be developed with AMCM and the EOS. 

Introducing the AMCM M 4K Machine

The AMCM M 4k machine provides facilities with a large scale, high productivity system for additive manufacturing applications. Based on the EOS M 400 platform, the M 4K is modified and re-designed to accommodate larger applications, with heights up to 1000 mm. The AMCM, M 4K showcases what the AMCM team can engineer to support new applications, and is one of many customized EOS systems that they offer.

The Impact of Copper for Rocket Engines

Working with the AMCM consultation team, Launcher began designing to create an engine with optimal performance, and the E-1 engine took shape. The E-1 was built with cooling channels that allowed the fuel to cool the engine chambers, but the fuel would never be able to cool the Inconel chambers and reach the highest performance mix ratio – unless you could print in copper. At the time, Launcher had no access to a copper material that could be used and qualified for additive manufacturing. EOS Finland provided and developed the processes for copper alloy CuCrZr.

With Phillips offering the AMCM M 4K paired with unique materials like CuCrZr and training and consulting packages with Additive Minds, customers can launch their facility to the next level. Leveraging additive manufacturing to print complex components and using a single operation to turn raw material into finished products dramatically reduces part count and fixed tooling – resulting in a reduction of time and cost. 

Learn more about EOS CuCrZr HERE

The Launcher E-2 

Launcher Engine-2 will be the highest performance engine in the small satellite launcher class—with the largest thrust, lowest propellant consumption, and lowest cost per-pound of thrust. Engine-2, or E-2, is also available for sale to commercial and government customers for integration with their own launch vehicles.

How will E-2 reach its high-performance target? By applying orbit-proven engine design, 3D printing in copper alloy, and leveraging the 30+ years of experience of Launcher’s Chief Designer with the highest performance oxidizer rich staged combustion engines.

E-2 is currently in active development, with more than 100 tests of the sub-scale Engine-1 validating its path to industry-leading performance levels. The first full-scale test is scheduled for 2020.

Looking for More Information?

Contact our Phillips Federal Additive Team to learn more about custom AMCM machines, Copper Materials, and EOS Global Additive Machines. For more information on the Phillips Federal and EOS Global Partnership, click HERE. To request EOS materials, click HERE

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Phillips Corporation Enters Partnership with the U.S. Army to Provide AM Expertise and Support at Rock Island Arsenal

Hanover, MD – Phillips Corporation, Federal Division, a leading service provider and distributor of machines and ancillary equipment to the United States Federal Government, has executed a Public Private Partnership Agreement (“P3”) to support the Army Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing (“CoE”) at the Rock Island Arsenal-Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center.

The P3 calls for Phillips to be imbedded in the CoE facility in Rock Island. Phillips Federal Applications Engineers will collaborate with their Army counterparts to exploit the potential of additive manufacturing in developing solutions to meet the Army’s current and future supply chain challenges. 

At the ribbon-cutting for the Rock Island Arsenal CoE, Maj. General Daniel Mitchell, commanding general U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command stated: “I would have never dreamed that we would be able to print out parts. Advanced manufacturing technology holds the promise of greatly increased Army readiness rates so that we will be ready to spring into action whenever and wherever our nation calls upon us”.

Phillips CEO Alan M. Phillips states: “Phillips Corporation sees substantial growth opportunities in additive manufacturing technologies (also known as 3D printing) that are rapidly advancing applications for forming unique metal and plastic industrial parts for the Defense Industrial Base. In order to increase awareness for these technologies, Phillips is pleased to reach an agreement with the Army’s Rock Island CoE where we can collaborate on manufacturing unique parts using additive technology applications and processes. This an exciting time in the evolution of additive manufacturing, and we are pleased to be involved with the CoE as a thought and application leader in the additive manufacturing segment of our industry.”

About Phillips Corporation: For over 50 years, Phillips has served the DoD with manufacturing technology products and expertise. Phillips has exclusive partnerships with Haas Automation, EOS, Spee3d, Sodick, Spectrum Group, and other industry leaders to provide additive and subtractive support to the Federal Government. To learn more about our additive offerings, visit https://phillipscorp.com/federal/additive/. 

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COVID-19 Response

Our Current Response April 20, 2020

The state policy in Maryland is “work from home” as we try to slow the spread of the virus. Our office partners have set up workstations in their homes to provide uninterrupted support to our customers. Our operations, life cycle, service, and application teams are available by phone and email communications. We will continue to ship parts and machines to bases that are able to receive. We suggest that you check with your facility’s receiving department to ensure that incoming packages are not held in quarantine. We are in constant contact with our builders to understand any restrictions that they may be facing and will keep our customers informed.

All contact information remains the same, however, the period of time to answer may be extended as the call is routed to home locations. All of our contact information can be found here

Our field applications, service, and sales teams have not been restricted to travel, but are working under national guidelines, and local facility restrictions. Applications engineers and service technicians that cannot travel are available for enhanced phone support. If you are experiencing an issue with your equipment or applications, please call our team at 1 800-878-4747 or email FedAppsCNC@phillipscorp.com

We understand that many bases perform work that is critical to our Nation’s security. If your work is mission-critical, we are asking that you let us know by sending an email to treynolds@phillipscorp.com. We will take action to ensure an on-site response plan is created for your facility.

Godspeed to all, as we work together to end this threat.

John Harrison
President, Federal Division

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Sodick Inc. Partners with Phillips Federal to Deliver Linear Motor Technology to the Federal Government

Schaumburg, Illinois – Sodick Inc. is proud to announce its alliance with Phillips Corporation, Federal Division, to provide cutting edge EDM machines, high-speed milling, and additive manufacturing to the United States Federal Government.

Together, Sodick and Phillips Federal can provide long-term benefits to their Federal clients by providing the latest technology that ensures long term performance and accuracy. With options to include indexing tables and the capability to cut advanced materials such as titanium with ease, Sodick is the right choice to produce critical components at high speeds.

The most popular Sodick EDM machines, the wire EDMs, feature linear motor technology and offer custom options with several advantages, including improvement in accuracy, repeatability, speed, and acceleration. Since rigid linear motors are a direct electronic drive (no mechanical parts), they eliminate problems with backlash and wear.

Rigid linear drives contain the same raw components as a servo motor (magnets & copper coils), but uncoils the motor itself and mounts it directly into the machine castings. As amperage enters the coils, it creates a force that is repelled against the magnets. This direct electromagnetism is the driving force, eliminating the need for indirect servo systems, such as ball screws.

Currently, these EDMs are being used to manufacture and repair of turbine disks, shroud segments, turbine blades, and turbine nozzle vane segments in the aerospace industry. With extreme precision in all sizes, from small parts to large workpieces, Sodick machine tools are the first choice for leaders in the Aerospace industry.

“From our initial meeting, it was clear that Sodick Inc. and Phillips Federal shared the same business principles in providing the latest state-of-the-art technology. This commitment, along with our shared dedication to maintaining the highest level of business ethics and superior level of customer support, made us a perfect match.” – Dave Thomas, Executive Vice President.

About Sodick Inc.

Since 1976, Sodick has manufactured over 60,000 EDM machines and over 45,000 linear motor-driven EDMs. Sodick machines are used for the production of dies, molds, and other various applications that cannot be produced by standard machining methods. Sodick’s mission is to aim to continuously serve you by offering the most advanced machines to meet your requirements and exceed your expectations.

Please contact Marcello Robertson, Marketing Manager, at mrobertson@sodick.com or 847-951-1589, if you have any questions. For more information, visit www.sodick.com.

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Phillips Federal Accepts the EOS 2019 Top Channel Partner Award

Pflugerville, Texas – Last week, Phillips Corporation, Federal Division proudly received the EOS North America 2019 Top Channel Partner Award. Since 2017, EOS North America has awarded its Channel Partner of the Year Award to those channel partners that show high year-over-year growth, invest in learning and growing their understanding of EOS technology and materials, bring value to customers, and show a dedication to EOS’ core values. 

“Phillips Federal has not only embraced our technology but has dedicated resources to represent themselves as part of our Additive Minds Training group and our Life Cycle Solutions group. Through understanding our value proposition, they have introduced the EOS value stream to their customers.” – Andy Snow, Sr. Vice President, EOS North America.

Additive manufacturing is recognized as a critical tool for enhancing readiness by senior leaders in the DoD. From Additive Minds Training to funding options, the DoD can turn to Phillips Federal to implement additive equipment and training in their facilities.

Phillips Federal stands ready to be the DoD’s leading provider of EOS equipment, training, and consumables and will continue to showcase the incredible value of additive manufacturing.

About EOS
EOS North America is a business of EOS GmbH, the world’s leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Formed in 1989, the independent company is a pioneer and innovator for comprehensive solutions in additive manufacturing. Its product portfolio of EOS systems, materials, and process parameters gives customers crucial competitive advantages in terms of product quality and the long-term economic sustainability of their manufacturing processes. Furthermore, customers benefit from deep technical expertise in global service, applications engineering and consultancy.

About Phillips Federal
Phillips Federal is the sole and exclusive distributor of EOS additive manufacturing equipment, consumables, and any associated factory-certified services to the Federal Government. Phillips Federal covers all service-related contracts or maintenance agreements on all EOS equipment and can provide extensive training on a multitude of subjects and courses. Learn more 

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Wire EDM in the DoD with GEFERTEC

Danville, Virginia – GEFERTEC is excited to announce its collaboration with Phillips Federal to provide unique wire-arc 3DMP® technology to the U.S. Federal Government.

GEFERTEC is the first and only company worldwide that provides revolutionary 3DMP® technology based on modern wire arc welding in the form of ready-to-use production machinery. The process uses standard welding wire to deposit near net shapes in layers and allows the production of metal parts in a fraction of conventional manufacturing time.

“Phillips Federal is excited to represent Gefertec and 3DMP wired-fed technology. This new and unique opportunity expands our world-class additive manufacturing capabilities and addresses the growing readiness challenges of the Federal Government and DoD clients. Gefertec’s 3DMP can rapidly build large net shape parts utilizing a classic welding process that produces fully dense parts with metallurgical properties that are recognized and accepted industry-wide.” – John Sjolander, AM Product Manager of Phillips Federal.

GEFERTEC develops new methods to produce metallic parts that extend beyond the limits of conventional production processes, thereby offering unique possibilities to designers, engineers, and facilities to enable the additive production of high-quality metal parts. The arc series machines combine the technically mature and proven wire arc-welding method with the CAD drawings of the product designers and engineers in a completely new production system. The CAM-3DMP-Software allows offline programming of the path-controlled processes with the arc machines adapted to the 3DMP manufacturing process.

“We are excited to partner with Phillips Federal in bringing our WAAM technology to the Federal Government. The reduction in lead time and material costs and the ability to print parts that are not possible with conventional machining will put the DoD into the best position in terms of design freedom and flexibility. This will ensure that all areas of the DoD are mission capable and ready. “– Andrea Clark, President of GEFERTEC LLC.

GEFERTECs machines enable small batch and prototype production as well as large scale serial production. There is an extensive selection of processable materials for 3DMP®. GEFERTEC is continuously branching into new markets and materials and is working on continuous machine improvements.

 

About Gefertec
GEFERTEC is the first and only company worldwide that provides the market with the revolutionary 3DMP® technology based on modern wire arc welding in the form of ready-to-use production machinery. Together with extensive experience in process and parameter development, Gefertec is committed to helping customers to manufacture metal parts the most cost-effective and flexible way possible.

Please contact Andrea Clark at Andrea.Clark@gefertec.de or 518-565-6659 if you have any questions or would like further information. For more information, visit www.gefertec.com.

 

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SPEE3D Partners with Phillips Federal to Deliver Metal Parts On-Demand Technology

MELBOURNE, Australia – SPEE3D is excited to announce a new partnership with Phillips Federal to provide an innovative new metal additive manufacturing technology to the United States Federal Government.

SPEE3D printers leverage cold spray technology for never before seen process called ‘supersonic 3D deposition’ (SP3D). This process allows industrial quality metal parts to be 3D printed at production costs in minutes. 

Supersonic 3D deposition works by shooting metal powder through a jet engine nozzle at speeds up to Mach 3. The metal powder is deposited layer by layer upon a substrate intelligently controlled by a robotic arm. The sheer kinetic energy of the process causes the powder to bind together, forming a high-density part without the need for heat to “melt” the metal. As a result, printed parts can safely be handled immediately after the build. 

SPEE3D technology suits the production of parts otherwise produced using sand or die casting with the added benefits of flexibility and the ability to produce parts and tools on-demand at the point of need. 

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Phillips Federal as we can see so many applications for our technology to benefit their customers. The ability to produce quality metal parts and tools on-demand removes supply chain barriers the DoD and other remote services. This process uses compressed air – rather than expensive inert gasses and works with non-explosive metal powders – making this the first metal 3D printing technology that is truly expeditionary and cost-effective.” – Byron Kennedy, CEO of SPEE3D.

“Phillips is excited to have SPEE3D join our family and to expand our product offerings. Speed3D’s adaption of the cold spray process by utilizing robotics to create a world-first additive process has enormous potential. Their systems can take a digital file and turn it into a physical part at breakneck speed to increase readiness by creating replacement parts faster than current processes. This is possible due to SPEE3D’s unique and robust design that enhances the ability to keep our critical systems fully mission capable. We look forward to supporting this new offering and providing unique benefits to our customers.” – John Sjolander

Typically, 3D printers of this size and complexity require up to two weeks to install and set up, however, SPEE3D machines can be housed within a shipping container for easy transport and are commonly installed and operational in just a matter of hours. SPEE3D printers can be used to produce parts in a variety of useful metals including aluminium, aluminium bronze, copper and stainless steel.

About SPEE3D

SPEE3D is focused on making manufacturing easier. SPEE3D provides manufacturers with the world’s first metal 3D printer to use supersonic 3D deposition (SP3D), a patented technology that enables significantly faster, cost-effective and more scalable production than traditional metal printing techniques allow. Headquartered in Melbourne, SPEE3D is committed to helping manufacturers print their parts, their way when they need them.


For more information, contact:


Aerin Langworthy, Marketing, SPEE3D
Aerin.langworthy@spee3d.com
(+61) 404 879 709

SPEE3D Inc. USA Headquarters
1321 Greystone Court
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Contact:
Bruce Colter
(O) 630/750-8225
Bruce.Colter@SPEE3D.com

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Phillips Federal Partners with VRC Metal Systems

RAPID CITY, South Dakota – VRC Metal Systems, LLC is excited to announce that Phillips Federal will provide services and be a strategic partner for VRC’s cold spray equipment to the Federal Government.

VRC is a manufacturer of high-pressure cold spray equipment and develops applications for additive manufacturing, repair, corrosion restoration, and prevention. Cold spray deposits metal on sensitive or difficult-to-weld surfaces to repair damaged areas of a used part without causing additional problems like warping, cracking, or softening of the part. VRC technology is currently being used in the DoD to support the readiness of their forces.    

“The addition of VRC and their cold spray products provides another important tool to our product offerings here at Phillips Federal. Cold spray is an exciting technology, which is game changing in that it provides the DoD with a cost effective and rapid methods to make vital repairs. VRC is the leading provider of high-pressure cold spray products and the only vendor currently offering a portable unit that fits size requirements for easy deployment in expeditionary environments. We are looking forward to supporting this new offering and its impacts it will have in addressing our customer’s challenging needs.” – John Sjolander, Additive Manufacturing Product Manager.

Cold spray is applied to a wide range of metal alloy parts, but also can be used to deposit stainless steel and other high strength steels including bronze alloys, nickel alloys, titanium, and exotic elements like tantalum and niobium. Federal customers will be able to solve challenges that other technologies were not able to do in the past. Just outside of Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota, VRC is in a perfect spot for a competitive advantage.

“VRC’s partnering with Phillips Federal will provide an advantage over our competitors selling to the Federal Government. It is clear that Phillips’ reputation as a trusted and experienced distributor will solidify our place as the cold spray market leader to the Federal Government.” – Tom Woods, Business Management and Sales Director.

About VRC Systems

VRC is a strong company that is growing rapidly and is a leader in the cold spray market. While the development of repair applications is ongoing in aerospace and defense, the company is expanding the use of its technologies to a growing number of commercial entities for use in both industrial repair and novel manufacturing process applications.

Please contact Rob Osthus at robert.osthus@vrcmetalsystems.com or 605-716-0065 if you have any questions or require further information. Additional information is located at www.vrcmetalsystems.com.

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CAMplete Solutions Partners with Phillips Federal

Cambridge, Ontario – CAMplete Solutions and Phillips Corporation, Federal Division have joined forces to offer CAMplete TruePath to their new and existing customers.

Phillips Federal dedicates its services to partnering with the U.S. Government to solve their toughest manufacturing challenges. Adding TruePath to their milling machine options will provide new capabilities for customers in hardware and software.

“We are excited about our partnership with CAMplete, and we feel that it is an excellent solution to add to our database for our customers. CAMplete supports a wide variety of CAM software that our customers currently use, and this addition will help support a wide range of customer manufacturing needs,” says Brian Kristaponis – Applications Engineer for Phillips Federal.

What is CAMplete TruePath?

CAMplete TruePath is an easy-to-use application that takes you from your CAM System to your 5-Axis machine efficiently and safely. TruePath’s customizable post-processor allows you to output your N.C. programs the way you need, with no on-machine editing required. 5-axis simulation, visualization, and verification tools give you the confidence of knowing how your machine will behave before you run a single line of G-code.

“We are excited to be partnering with a leading machine tool supplier like Phillips Federal. With software and hardware getting more complex every year, this partnership will bring tremendous value to our mutual customers moving forward. Pairing their impressive line of machines with our industry proven solution will ensure their customers are getting the most out of their milling machines. We are honored to be a part of their success, and look forward to helping them make the transition to 5-Axis machining as seamless as possible.” – Jeff Fritsch, VP Sales and Marketing.

About CAMplete:

For over 20 years, CAMplete Solutions has been specializing in the development of advanced N.C. post-processing and verification solutions dedicated to 5 axis and multi-tasking technology, for manufacturers in major industries around the world. CAMplete customers benefit from dramatic improvements to CNC machine optimization, N.C. programmer productivity, and manufacturing process efficiency. For more information on CAMplete’s unique technology and services, visit www.camplete.com or contact them at +1 519-725-2557.

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