Open Additive, LLC, provides affordable and versatile metal additive manufacturing (AM) solutions for government, industry, and academic customers. Open Additive was launched in 2020 as an independent spinout from an established defense contractor with 58-year track record in research and engineering services. The firm is a SBIR-eligible small business focused on development, transition, and commercialization of technologies through SBIR/STTR, independent R&D, and other funding sources. Open Additive is focused on accelerating innovation in laser powder bed fusion (LPBF), through reduced system costs, open-architecture configurability, and integration of advanced sensors and analytics. Flagship products include the PANDA™ Metal 3D Printing System and AMSENSE® multi-sensor data collection/analysis suite. The company is based in Beavercreek, Ohio, just outside Dayton and Wright-Patterson AFB. All employees are US nationals, and key staff hold active security clearances.
Open-Architecture Metal AM Systems
Open Additive, LLC was launched specifically to provide radically more open and cost-effective metal AM systems to meet DoD/agency and industrial base needs. Open Additive’s flagship initial product – the PANDA™ Metal 3D Printing System – has been designed from the outset to overcome closed-architecture limitations. Spurred by SBIR/STTR, the TRL 8 platform has been fully commercialized with commercial orders in place. The PANDA system can be outfitted with Open Additive’s AMSENSE® multi-sensor data collection and analysis suite for process monitoring and quality control. Available sensors include (1) recoat imaging camera, (2) thermal tomography sensor, and (3) spatter tracking sensor. Future sensing/analytics modules are in development, and the suite allows for integration of software plug-ins, including custom sensing, analytics, and feedback techniques for better process control. AMSENSE thus provides a critical enabling capability to capture each part’s “digital thread.”