CAES, provider of electronics, has opened its new radio frequency additive manufacturing operations in Exeter, NH. The lab supports CAES’ partnership with SWISSto12, provider of 3D printed technology for RF applications, and is dedicated to bringing additive manufacturing solutions to the U.S. aerospace and defense industry.

Its official opening was hosted by Mike Kahn, CEO of CAES, and the team celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by customers, employees as well as government officials including U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and U.S. Representative Chris Pappas of New Hampshire.

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“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,” says Kahn, president and CEO, CAES. “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.”

“This cutting-edge technology will help this Exeter facility produce advanced electronics for space systems—which not only strengthen our national security but also help track weather systems to improve agriculture and commerce,” says Shaheen.

CAES’ new laboratory is a facility outfitted with equipment dedicated to 3D printing of RF technology and has been identified as a facility to provide additive manufacturing services by top U.S. aerospace and defense prime manufacturers. The printing and metal finishing offers high RF performance. The operations consist of dedicated equipment for 3D-printed RF technology design and manufacturing including a qualified laser powder bed fusion machine, associated process support equipment, metal finishing and plating line, and complete RF testing capability.

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