MELD Manufacturing Corporation and Mazak MegaStir Corporation Announce Exclusive Supplier Agreement for Additive Friction Stir Deposition (AFSD) Tools and Tool Holders

MELD Manufacturing Corporation, the pioneering leader in Additive Friction Stir Deposition (AFSD) technology, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Mazak MegaStir Corporation, renowned for their expertise in friction stir welding tools. This collaboration will enable MELD to exclusively offer tools and tool holders specifically designed for the AFSD process, also known as Friction Stir Additive Manufacturing (FSAM).

The AFSD process, patented by MELD Manufacturing, has revolutionized the world of additive manufacturing by combining the advantages of friction stir welding with material deposition capabilities. As the sole Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for AFSD equipment, MELD Manufacturing is delivering a new capability for industry to replace long lead time castings and forgings for large components.

The exclusive supplier agreement with Mazak MegaStir Corporation signifies a significant milestone in the advancement of AFSD technology. By leveraging Mazak MegaStir’s extensive experience and excellence in friction stir welding tools, MELD Manufacturing will enhance its offering with purpose-built tools and tool holders specifically optimized for the AFSD process.

“Mazak MegaStir Corporation brings over twenty years of expertise and a long-standing reputation for delivering cutting-edge solutions in friction stir welding. Their tools are respected and valued for their durability, performance, and reliability in the most demanding manufacturing environments. The partnership with Mazak MegaStir Corporation will enable MELD Manufacturing to leverage this expertise for the AFSD process, and allow us to deliver reliable quality tools and tool holders to our user base faster,” said MELD Manufacturing CEO Nanci Hardwick.

Under the terms of the agreement, MELD Manufacturing will be the exclusive distributor of AFSD tools and tool holders produced by Mazak MegaStir Corporation. This collaboration ensures that MELD customers will have access to a comprehensive range of high-quality, precision-engineered tools specifically tailored for the AFSD process. By providing these tools exclusively through MELD Manufacturing, both companies aim to deliver innovative solutions faster while streamlining the supply chain, ensuring seamless integration, and outstanding results for AFSD users.

This exclusive partnership represents a significant step forward in the evolution of additive manufacturing technology. MELD Manufacturing and Mazak MegaStir Corporation share a common vision of driving innovation, advancing the boundaries of manufacturing capabilities, and empowering industries with cutting-edge solutions. Together, they will advance the manufacturing possibilities with AFSD, opening doors to unprecedented design freedom, enhanced material properties, and increased production efficiency.

About MELD Manufacturing Corporation: MELD Manufacturing Corporation offers 3D printing and hybrid machines for printing metal components using the MELD process. The MELD process is a patented revolutionary solid-state technology for additive manufacturing of metal parts without melting the metal. The open-atmosphere MELD process is capable of printing large metal parts at a scale not yet seen in the metal additive market.  MELD’s purpose is to disrupt the manufacturing and repair of metals, both on Earth and in space, by harnessing the power of 3D printing. With their award-winning, patented technology, MELD Manufacturing aims to deliver reliable equipment that enables printing in any metal, at any size, and at unsurpassed speed, while maintaining forged properties. By pushing the boundaries of additive manufacturing, MELD Manufacturing is dedicated to serving humanity and revolutionizing the way we create and repair metal components. For more information about MELD Manufacturing Corporation and the AFSD process, please visit

About Mazak MegaStir Corporation: Mazak MegaStir Corporation is a renowned manufacturer of friction stir welding tools, recognized globally for their excellence in quality, performance, and durability. Mazak MegaStir leverages extensive expertise in tool materials and tooling to create solutions for the toughest welding challenges in our state-of-the-art, ISO 9001 certified R&D prototyping and production facility. Established in 2002, Mazak MegaStir serves a worldwide customer base and leads the FSW industry with innovative tool materials and advanced tool holder designs that enable customers to consistently produce top-quality, high-strength welds in just one pass. To learn more about Mazak MegaStir Corporation, please visit