Sciaky, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, USA, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI), states that a “prominent Southeast Asian aerospace parts manufacturer” has purchased a dual-purpose Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM®) and EB Welding System. The hybrid machine, which is reported to be the only one of its kind, will be customised with special controls to switch from AM to welding quickly and easily.
The aerospace parts manufacturer will use the system to additively manufacture metal structures, as well as weld dissimilar materials and refractory alloys for these structures and other aerospace parts. Delivery of the system is scheduled for the second quarter of 2019.
“Sciaky is excited to work with this innovative company,” stated Scott Phillips, President and CEO of Sciaky, Inc. “This strategic vision will allow this manufacturer to reduce operating costs by combining two industry-leading technologies into a single turnkey solution. No other metal 3D printing supplier can offer this kind of game-changing capability.”
Sciaky’s EBAM systems can be used to produce parts ranging from 203 mm (8 in) to 5.79 m (19 ft) in length. EBAM is also reported to be the fastest deposition process in the metal AM market, with gross deposition rates ranging from 3.18-11.34 kg (7-25 lbs) of metal per hour.
Sciaky’s systems also incorporate IRISS® (Interlayer Real-time Imaging and Sensing System), a real-time adaptive control system that can sense and digitally self-adjust metal deposition with precision and repeatability. According to Sciaky, this innovative closed-loop control is the primary reason that its systems are able to deliver consistent part geometry, mechanical properties, microstructure and metal chemistry.
Sciaky’s EB Welding Systems are able to meet rigid military specifications for the manufacturing of items such as airframes, landing gear, jet engines, guided missiles and vehicle parts. They incorporate an internal moving EB welding gun with multi-axis motion, providing beam access for unusual joint configurations.