Our machining services are truly precision.
Absolute Solutions has a workforce with many years of experience in machining components, varying from single bespoke orders to medium size batch production. These components have been machined from a huge array of materials, from the most common of metals to the most expensive, hard-to-machine, exotic metals like waspaloy for our aerospace customers. Our machining services are not only competitive on cost but also the very best in quality, we can meet tolerances and standards that our competitors will just turn away from; a truly precision service. It doesn’t matter whether the order is just a ‘one-off’ or a batch run, the same care and attention to detail is maintained in order to achieve the high standards that our customers have come to expect from Absolute Solutions. We have a decent range of conventional and modern CNC machinery on-site; milling, turning and grinding processes are available.
Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)
Fused deposition modelling (FDM) based 3D printing is where a robotically controlled extrusion nozzle is moved in the X and Y direction for each layer in the Z direction. A polymer-based filament/wire is extruded through the heated nozzle/die along the predetermined path on each slice. This path of the nozzle is generated by computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software. This technique allows for complex geometries to be created with reasonable cost in comparison to machining techniques.
Why do we use the FDM technique over other 3D printing techniques? Absolute Solutions uses the FDM method because it allows us to build products with strong, durable engineering plastics such as polycarbonate (PC), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and ULTEM (similar to PEEK). This means that our 3D printed products aren’t just functional for prototyping reasons, they can actually be used for finished products (like our FDM based inspection fixtures). Absolute Solutions have embraced this technology and our workforce have created some innovative uses for this technology. There are many printing bureaus now in the UK but we have the uniqueness over others because of our vast knowledge and experience accumulated over the years. We know all the little changes to the build setup that make a big difference.
Post processing techniques can be used to increase the strength of these printed parts. One particular option, is to actually dip the plastic components in a conductive ink, which makes the surfaces conductive, allowing for plating techniques to be used. Using the post-processing technique increases the strength and durability many times over.