Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc., has delivered an Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM®) system to the Global Research & Innovative Technology (GRIT) facility of Hitachi Metals, Ltd. in Kumagaya, Japan. The corporate research lab, established by Hitachi to promote sustainable growth and the research and development of advanced materials, is currently developing metal powder and wires with the aim of maximizing the capabilities of metal AM systems.
The EBAM 110 system purchased by Hitachi Metals includes a dual wirefeed configuration, allowing the combination of two different metal alloys into a single melt pool to create custom alloy parts or ingots. Users also have the option to alternate between different wire gauges for finer deposition features (thin wire) and gross deposition features (thick wire) to meet unique part specifications.
“Sciaky is proud to extend our industry-leading technology with Hitachi Metals,” stated Scott Phillips, President and CEO of Sciaky, Inc. “This is an important milestone for the industrial metal 3D printing market in Japan, and the forward-thinking leaders at Hitachi Metals are blazing a new trail for the Asia-Pacific region.”
Sciaky’s EBAM systems can produce parts ranging from 8 inches (203 mm) to 19 feet (5.79 meters) in length and is said to be the fastest deposition process in the metal Additive Manufacturing market, with gross deposition rates ranging from 7 to 20 lbs. (3.18 to 9.07 kg) of metal per hour. The system makes use of Sciaky’s Interlayer Real-time Imaging and Sensing System (IRISS®), a real-time adaptive control system that can sense and digitally self-adjust metal deposition with precision and repeatability.