CAES Additive Manufacturing Facility Enhances Aerospace and Defense System Design

The dedicated 3D printing laboratory supports CAES’ partnership with SWISSto12, a provider of 3D printed technology for radiofrequency (RF) applications in the aerospace and defense industry.

The dedicated 3D printing laboratory supports CAES’ partnership with SWISSto12, a provider of 3D printed technology for radiofrequency (RF) applications in the aerospace and defense industry.

3D printed array. Image courtesy of Business Wire.


CAES, a provider of electronic solutions for aerospace and defense, reports the construction of its new additive manufacturing (AM) operations in Exeter, NH. The dedicated 3D printing laboratory supports CAES’ partnership with SWISSto12, a provider of 3D printed technology for radiofrequency (RF) applications in the aerospace and defense industry.

Additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, for RF systems is an ideal solution to address increasingly challenging size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) requirements for next-generation aerospace and defense platforms. It requires high-precision formats and complex geometries that allow form factors and performance that cannot be achieved with standard manufacturing solutions, CAES says. Integrated subsystems combine multiple components in one single homogeneous part that reduces weight and complexity, a key factor for defense prime manufacturers where cost and space are at a premium.

SWISSto12 pioneered the development of tailored, AM technologies aimed at delivering advanced RF performance, size and weight savings as well as product competitiveness through optimized manufacturing tolerances, surface finishes, plating techniques and RF designs.

“CAES’ investment in Additive Manufacturing is a direct response to our customers' next-generation design challenges for rugged, ever-smaller, and complex parts,” says Dave Young, chief technology officer, CAES. 

The operations will consist of dedicated equipment for 3D-printed RF technology design and manufacturing including a qualified laser powder bed fusion machine, associated process support equipment, proprietary metal finishing and plating line, and complete RF testing capability. CAES and SWISSto12 engineering staff members are available to discuss custom additive manufacturing needs. For more information, visit www.caes.com/3dprinting.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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