Boulder-based SAS Manufacturing opens plant in Englewood

BOULDER — SAS Manufacturing LLC, a 10-year-old Boulder-based manufacturing company that serves aerospace and other industries, has opened a facility in Englewood equipped with 3-D printers and automated milling machines.

SAS Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Special Aerospace Services LLC, bought the 12,500-square-foot building at 3737 S. Inca St. in 2015 from C&C Manufacturing, a nearly half-century-old business, and began upgrading the equipment and processes to meet the standards of clients in aerospace, aviation, energy, defense and the U.S. government.

The facility soon will offer clients a 24/7 online platform to view the status of manufacturing projects in real time, company officials said.

“Advanced manufacturing in the 21st century requires integrating the latest automated equipment into a production process that is open and transparent to the client,” said Heather Bulk, president and chief executive of SAS Manufacturing. “Our platform interface will give clients instant access to job status, material tracing and supplier certification data at every step of the process.”

The company in August is expecting delivery of a monoBLOCK 5-axis milling machine from DMG MORI, which it describes as “one of the most precise computerized numerical-control metal-fabrication devices in the world.” Subtractive metal milling remains an essential manufacturing process in aerospace and other sectors where source material traceability is critical.

By late summer, SAS Manufacturing expects to be able to handle projects related to rapid prototyping and 3-D printing, design and precision machining, assembly and component testing at the facility.

“The SAS team can take a client’s concept from design and prototyping to testing and production in a few weeks,” Bulk said. “That same process used to take months with a third-party manufacturing shop involved.”

Special Aerospace Services LLC has offices at 3005 30th St. in Boulder, and its engineers work onsite with clients. It and its subsidiary employ about 60 people.

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