CAES announced the opening of its new state-of-the-art RF additive manufacturing operations in Exeter, NH. The lab supports CAES’ partnership with SWISSto12, the leading 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.

“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,” said Mike 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.”

“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 not only strengthen our national security but also help track weather systems to improve agriculture and commerce,” said Shaheen. “I’m excited to see CAES grow its capacity so it can continue supporting CAES’ work to develop and manufacture advanced systems for New Hampshire and the nation.”

CAES’ new laboratory is a world class facility outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment dedicated to 3D printing of RF technology and has been identified as the leading facility to provide additive manufacturing services by top U.S. aerospace and defense prime manufacturers. The proprietary printing and metal finishing offers the highest achievable RF performance on the market. 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, proprietary metal finishing and plating line, and complete RF testing capability. In addition, CAES and SWISSto12 have a successful working partnership to provide custom additive manufacturing design services tailored to customer requirements.