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Swift Engineering Shaves Off Production by Embracing 3D Printing for Sacrificial Tooling Applications

Traditionally, producing sacrificial tools for composite parts involves a multi-step process, which, by implication, means that it can be extremely time-consuming and expensive. Over the last 30 years, composite materials have become increasingly relevant for a number of industrial sectors for applications that demand high performance without the weight associated with metal materials. During that time, there have been many advancements, but producing critical (and often complex) parts with composite materials can be challenging and requires specific expertise and in-depth knowledge.

Swift Engineering Inc., based in San Clemente, California, works on the cutting edge when it comes to composite materials. For more than three decades, Swift has been developing next-generation composite parts for a broad customer portfolio in the automotive, aerospace and defense sectors. As a result, the company has continued to evolve its innovative approach to producing composite parts and is always looking for what is next in terms of materials, processes and techniques, enabling Swift to be a consistent market leader.


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Swift uses composite parts for innovative aerospace applications to reduce weight.

“Stratasys additive manufacturing solutions represent a real game changer because they are allowing us to save time and cost within our composite part production process, without compromising part quality or performance.”

Rick Heise, Swift Engineering