Freemelt, Mölndal, Sweden, has received an order for a Freemelt ONE Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-EB) Additive Manufacturing machine from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The machine, containing the company’s ProHeat module, is expected to be used for materials research and will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2022.
This is the fourth order for the machine to the USA, reportedly illustrating the growing interest in Freemelt’s products in North America, which is now one of the company’s main markets. Similar to the Georgia Institute of Technology, where the company took an order earlier this year, Carnegie Mellon University consistently ranks as one of America’s top universities in science.
“The open-source e-beam printer will support our research and development of new materials as well as process optimisation,” stated Dr Sandra DeVincent Wolf, Executive Director at The NextManufacturing Center at Carnegie Mellon. “E-beam processes have the unique capability to maintain multiple small-scale melt pools using a single, large power e-beam source. This offers a pathway to scaling the AM process not available on laser powder bed systems.”
“The Freemelt ONE system will directly support our ARL (The Army Research Laboratory) sponsored AI-enabled Additive Manufacturing programme, as well as other federally funded and industry supported programs. Additionally, the equipment will be utilised as part of our hands-on metals AM lab course,” she concluded.
Peter Jain, Chief Sales Officer at Freemelt, added, “This order proves that Freemelt ONE meets the highest requirements in advanced materials research. The NextManufacturing Center at Carnegie Mellon University is leading the way in the digital transformation of manufacturing to accelerate innovation for economic prosperity.”
Ulric Ljungblad, CEO, stated, “We are very pleased with this order from Carnegie Mellon University. It once again demonstrates Freemelt’s ability to deliver equipment that is highly attractive for materials research at the most advanced research facilities in the world.”