Wayland Additive, Huddersfield, UK, has announced that it will be exhibiting its Calibur3 metal Additive Manufacturing machine at Formnext 2021, which is scheduled to take place in Frankfurt, Germany, 16-19 November.
Following on from the machine’s launch in March of this year, Formnext represents the first opportunity for a much broader audience to get to see Calibur3 in person and to get a much deeper understanding of what that Calibur3 offers, specifically in regards to the NeuBeam metal AM process.
The NeuBeam process is intended to provides manufacturers with access to a genuine metal AM production alternative, delivering on the advantages of metal Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-EB) technology, whilst overcoming the issues that have traditionally hindered wider adoption.
At Formnext, Wayland will be highlighting the three core principles of NeuBeam:
- Stability: The most fundamental issue with PBF-EB technology has always been the unstable nature of the processes; Wayland believes NeuBeam has categorically resolved this. Its team comprises decades of experience with PBF-EB R&D and implementation in the semi-conductor industry, which it believes has allowed them to address and solve the charging issues that have, until now, restricted PBF-EB processes, with the fully neutralised NeuBeam process.
- Flexibility: The other key feature of NeuBeam is that it is a hot part process rather than a hot powder bed process, meaning Calibur3 is intended to produce parts free of residual stresses because the high temperatures are only applied to the part, allowing free-flowing powder post-build (no sinter cake) and stress-free parts with reduced energy consumption. This makes the process more flexible in terms of part geometries and cost efficient, because heat treatments and other post-processing steps are dramatically reduced.
- Metallurgy: Workarounds for traditional PBF-EB processes have been developed by the AM industry, but these can lead to downstream complexities, including time consuming and expensive part removal and post-processing. These compromises also severely limit the materials that can be used with this technology. Neubeam is material and can potentially run a much wider palette of metal materials, including refractory metals.
A number of the Wayland Additive team will be available on stand B139 in Hall 12 to meet visitors, introduce them to Calibur3 – which will be on the show floor – and discuss any metal AM application requirements. Those scheduling an itinerary can pre-book a meeting with a Wayland executive online.