Wayland Additive, Huddersfield, UK, has announced that it is ramping up production of its Calibur3 metal Additive Manufacturing machine in an effort to “insulate customers against supply chain delays.” The Calibur3 uses the Neubeam® process, an Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-EB) process unique to Wayland Additive.
Currently, Wayland has six machines in production, catering to existing orders. Plans are in place to produce a further ten machines by the end of 2023 and twenty-four more in 2024, a move that shifts the company away from its former ‘make to order’ model and towards a model wherein customers can buy the Calibur3 ‘off the shelf’ in an effort to reduce delivery times.
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Wayland believes that, through a strategic programme wherein it will source components for its machines in advance of customer need, resource and allocate space for further production ahead of demand, it arms itself to address bottlenecks in the sourcing of supply chain-affected parts and components. This will enable the company to avoid long delivery times for its machines.
Dan Rushton, Operations Manager at Wayland, stated, “We are making a significant investment in facilities and infrastructure at the moment. We have, over the last few months, doubled the size of our production facility, have added an inspection and workshop area, have installed an impressively large carrousel where all machine parts are sorted & stored, and, working towards 2025, will boast a new applications centre and an R&D centre, as well.”