CAES opens Radio Frequency Additive Manufacturing laboratory

April 19, 2022

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for CAES’s new Radio Frequency AM lab was attended by customers, employees, and US government officials (Courtesy CAES)

CAES (Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions), Arlington, Virginia, USA, has announced the opening of its new Radio Frequency (RF) Additive Manufacturing laboratory in Exeter, New Hampshire. The lab is intended to support CAES’s partnership with SWISSto12, and is dedicated to bringing Additive Manufacturing solutions to the United States aerospace and defence industry.

The lab’s official opening was hosted by Mike Kahn, president & CEO of CAES, and the team celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by customers, employees and government officials including United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen and United States Representative Chris Pappas of New Hampshire.

“CAES is investing in the future and we are excited to open the doors to our new Additive Manufacturing lab which helps us further meet our customers’ next generation design needs for mission-ready RF systems,” stated Kahn. “3D printing has been a game changer in many manufacturing disciplines and we are excited in what this technology will do for RF components. This flight proven technology will allow us to rapidly go from design to manufacturing with much more complex components that were possible using traditional manufacturing.”

Senator Shaheen added, “I was thrilled to join the ribbon cutting ceremony at CAES to celebrate their new 3D Additive Manufacturing lab. This cutting-edge technology will help this Exeter facility produce advanced electronics for space systems – which strengthen not only our national security, but also for tracking weather systems to improve agriculture and commerce. I’m excited to see CAES grow its capacity so it can continue to be a hub of innovation and science. I’ll continue supporting CAES’ work to develop and manufacture advanced systems for New Hampshire and the nation.”

CAES’ new laboratory is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment dedicated to Additive Manufacturing of RF technology and is said to have been identified as the leading facility to provide Additive Manufacturing services by top US aerospace and defence prime manufacturers. The operations consist of dedicated equipment for additively manufactured RF technology design and manufacturing including a qualified Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) machine, associated process support equipment, proprietary metal finishing and plating line, and complete RF testing capability.

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