JEOL USA Inc, headquartered in Peabody, Massachusetts, USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JEOL Ltd Japan, and Cumberland Additive Inc (CAI), headquartered in Pflugerville, Texas, have announced that Cumberland’s Neighborhood 91 facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will be the first North American installation of JEOL’s new Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-EB) machine.
CAI produces prototypes through to serial production of parts, supporting the aerospace, defence, space, and energy markets. Additional services offered at Cumberland include DfAM (Design for Additive Manufacturing), engineering, post-processing and quality inspection.
JEOL introduced its new PBF-EB machine to the North American market at Rapid TCT in May 2022 and garnered interest in its display of serially built nested parts and a lightweight, strong titanium electron beam column.
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The collaboration between the two companies brings JEOL new opportunities to demonstrate the abilities of the new PBF-EB machine in a dedicated environment for Additive Manufacturing. Cumberland is an AS9100D & ITAR-certified company with established processes and procedures that meet rigorous serial production requirements.
“We are delighted to align with CAI’s existing customer base and expansion strategy with aerospace, medical, and energy industries, and to showcase the production quality and reliability of our 3D printer that will be centrally located at Neighborhood 91, the first fully integrated production campus dedicated to additive manufacturing,” stated Robert Pohorenec, president, JEOL USA. “In addition to being a centralised resource for the AM industry, Neighborhood 91 attracts collaborative academic research opportunities and workforce development at world-class universities like Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh.”
“The past year has been significant for JEOL’s continued Manufacturing group in the US,” added Pohorenec. “We are currently pursuing AM-specific aerospace Fusion-Based Metal Additive Manufacturing qualifications that will validate the robustness and reliability of JEOL designed hardware.”
John Jenkins, president of Cumberland Additive added, ”Cumberland is excited to partner with JEOL to bring in this new state-of-the-art, electron beam technology that promises cost effective and efficient manufacturing, with a diversity of material offerings for our customers. We are honoured to be the first North America partner location for this exciting new technology.”
JEOL’s journey with PBF-EB Additive Manufacturing began in 2014, building from the company’s decades-long expertise in the development and production of advanced electron optics technology used for research and industrial applications, including electron microscopes and e-beam lithography tools with unique vacuum technology.
The JEOL PBF-LB Additive Manufacturing machine is designed for serial production with maximum uptime. Emitter lifetime is guaranteed over 1500 hours, which is hoped to give CAI confidence in its ability to provide timely solutions to customers. JEOL’s machines also offer a clean, helium-free production environment that prevents smoke events and powder scattering. At this time, the machine is compatible with Ti6Al4V, Nickel Alloy 718, and pure copper.
The key to keeping AM production running smoothly is a reliable manufacturing tool backed by timely on-site repair. In addition to its performance, the new PBF-EB is supported by JEOL’s nationwide field service support group of over 180 engineers with an average of over ten years experience in electron optics and vacuum technology.