FAMAero, Fenton, Michigan, USA, a privately-owned bureau specialising in metal additively manufactured parts, has commissioned a custom Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) system from Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, USA. The custom system will reportedly be the largest production-scale metal Additive Manufacturing system in the world, with a with a nominal part envelope of 3708 mm x 1575 mm x 1575 mm (146 x 62 x 62 in).
By using a machine with this type of scalability, FAMAero – whose name is an abbreviation for Future Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace – expects that it will be able to produce metal parts and prototypes of over 3.7 m (12 ft) in length for applications in the aerospace, defence, oil & gas, and sea exploration industries. EBAM is one of the fastest deposition processes in the metal AM market, with gross deposition rates ranging from 3.18–11.34 kg (7–25 lbs) of metal per hour.
“FAMAero is well-positioned to be North America’s go-to source for fast and affordable metal 3D printed parts and prototypes,” stated Scott Phillips, President and CEO of Sciaky, Inc. “Based on recent market dynamics, we believe FAMAero is on the cusp of a burgeoning trend in the metal 3D printing marketplace, which will undoubtedly grow globally over time.”
Don Doyle, President of FAMAero, commented, “FAMAero is entering the market as the first private, dedicated parts bureau in North America for large-scale 3D printed metal parts. Our Factory as a Service concept, combined with Sciaky’s industry-leading EBAM technology, will provide manufacturers a new avenue to significantly slash time and cost on the production of critical parts, while offering the largest build platform and selection of exotic metals to choose from in the 3D parts service market.”