Many manufacturers likely look at additive manufacturing – commonly known as 3-D printing – as a way to create plastic prototypes for concept models and form-checking parts. For CalRAM, the method is more than a way to prove out a concept for eventual tooling and manufacturing – it’s a fully fledged production process.
“It’s easy to buy a machine and print parts, but it’s hard to make them consistent every time conforming to stringent aerospace production requirements,” says CEO Duane Pekar.
Transitioning the world of 3-D printing from prototyping to a full production model is exactly what Victor Vescovo, co-founder of Insight Equity, had in mind when his firm purchased the company in 2014. “We have transformed the company from a research and development-based prototyping operation into a full-blown manufacturing facility,” Pekar says. CalRAM was founded in 2005.