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Trenton Forging Co.
As it has from inception, the company continues to employ the most advanced technologies, which include
blue light laser scanners and 3-D
printing capabilities that it added in
March. Overnight, Trenton Forging
can create true-tolerance machine
and forged tangible models.
"The 3-D printing equipment we
have chosen is very expensive, but
holds a very tight tolerance," Moxlow explains. "3-D printing is not yet
expected by our clients at this point,
and it's not equipment you have just
The 3-D equipment chosen by
Trenton Forging is more advanced
than one might imagine when thinking of a 3-D printer. The most accessible units deposit filament-style materials via spool, extruded through a
heated nozzle. These lack accuracy
and surface quality and are a tough
sell in an industry where tolerances
To maintain tolerance and actually be able to use the tangible models,
Trenton invested in a machine that
uses digital light projection to cure
a photopolymer resin. It can provide
smooth surface finishes down to 10
microns with no visible pixilation
or layer. "We can build real, working
models made up of multiple complex
components," Moxlow says. "If you
didn't recognize the weight difference, it would be hard to tell they
were a polymer."
Trenton Forging's goal is to create
3-D models that work as a machined
component. The company is marketing and educating its customers on
its new capabilities through mailers
and a website full of information. "I
believe that there is not anyone in
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