Fonon's Additive Manufacturing Technology To Transform Construction Industry

1 June 2024

Fonon Corporation, a multi-market holding company, R&D center, equipment designer and manufacturer of advanced laser material processing systems for subtractive and additive manufacturing, highlights applications for its Bulk-To-Shape additive manufacturing/ 3D metal printing technology for the construction industry. This BTS technology is currently being developed by Fonon Corp and has not been fully commercialized.

Additive manufacturing (AM) is a rapidly growing industrial method of manufacturing that continues to benefit multiple market segments. Unlike traditional manufacturing processes that require molding or those that involve subtractive processes resulting in material waste, AM systems fabricate complex geometries with no part-specific tooling and little material waste. Companies in the aerospace, automotive and healthcare industries were some of the early adopters of AM in rapid prototyping for the quick production of complex parts and tools. Since then, AM has evolved to be used for many types of functional end-use parts. Professionals in the construction segment can also benefit from this technology.

Fonon's BTS systems, when fully developed, will be able to provide construction professionals with the ability to produce parts and tools locally, which will cut down on downtime when replacement parts are needed. The company's BTS technology, when fully developed, will allow for the production of parts and tools on the spot by enabling users of the tech to recycle obsolete parts or raw materials into fully functional components.

When fully actualized, Fonon's BTS system will be capable of re-creating a three-dimensional model through a combination of conventional laser additive manufacturing with original metal powder production. Fonon's 3D laser metal printing systems will utilize a layered, digitally-driven additive manufacturing process that directs high-quality, focused laser energy to fuse metal powder into 3D objects. Production-quality parts and metal prototypes will be capable of being BTS-manufactured directly from a digital model and raw material or used parts.

This would lead to quicker procurement of essential components and a more sustainable supply chain with a reduced carbon footprint. Physical inventories can be replaced by digital inventories and new components and parts can be produced on-demand. Fonon's BTS systems will also empower users to optimize existing part designs for enhanced performance and reliability, while also minimizing material waste.

BTS represents Fonon's continuously growing umbrella of building-block technologies supported by patents, licenses, next-generation hardware and proprietary metal processing intellectual property dedicated to designing specialized 3D metal printing systems for industrial and manufacturing purposes that represent the fastest path to production readiness.