Wayland Additive, Huddersfield, UK, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with EWI Inc, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, USA, to solidify the joint collaboration between the companies with the intention of EWI purchasing a Calibur3 Additive Manufacturing machine. The machine will be installed and operated at EWI’s Buffalo Manufacturing Works facility with full support from Wayland.
“EWI has a stellar reputation for working with and leveraging advanced technology for industry,” stated Will Richardson, CEO at Wayland. “Calibur3 opens up many new opportunities for production applications of eBeam metal Additive Manufacturing because of the unique capabilities of the NeuBeam process. EWI quickly understood this and has committed to working with us to develop new commercial opportunities in a number of areas. We are very excited to support EWI and the Buffalo Manufacturing Works team going forward.”
Established in 1984, EWI is an engineering consultancy with comprehensive labs and advanced manufacturing technology resources dedicated to production process development and improvement.
Ron Aman, Senior Technology Leader of AM at EWI, commented, “We look forward to working with the innovative team at Wayland Additive to add this unique capability to our suite of metal AM processes. Our customers are very interested in leveraging the capabilities of Calibur3 for their applications and EWI is well positioned in the US and international markets to support the breadth and depth of interest. We look forward to participating in the rapid growth of this new AM process and supporting Wayland along the way with process and material development.”
Wayland Additive has developed and commercialised the Calibur3 Additive Manufacturing machine, which has been designed based on the company’s proprietary NeuBeam technology. NeuBeam is an Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-EB) process that is said to overcome many of the compromises of other metal AM processes. The two companies will work together to identify and fulfil collaborative commercial and government projects in addition to advancing PBF-EB.
Mark Barfoot, Director of AM Programs at EWI, commented, “The Wayland technology was identified as part of an Additive Manufacturing Consortium (AMC) project that researched emerging technologies. Calibur3’s ability to print without solidifying the entire powder cake gives it the potential to produce features that were formerly not suited for eBeam PBF.”
Peter Hansford, Business Development Director at Wayland added, “This is a really exciting time at Wayland. We are seeing real world applications for Calibur3. The development of a completely new metal AM process (NeuBeam) is proving to be valuable out in the industrial world. EWI is synonymous with advanced manufacturing and engineering solutions for production with pioneering expertise with eBeam AM through Ron Aman and his team. I can’t wait to see how Calibur3 opens up more new applications in the hands of this very capable team.”