Sciaky, Inc., creator of the award-winning Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) system, has announced a strategic partnership with nonprofit applied scientific R&D organization, Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), to meet the increasing demand for large-scale additively manufactured metal parts.
Using its wide range of manufacturing clients, CTC will now provide Sciaky’s EBAM metal 3D printing technology, which reported record-sales earlier this year, as a cost-effective and time-saving solution for the production of large metal parts. Scott Phillips, President and CEO of Sciaky, Inc. stated:
“When compared to traditional forging methods, EBAM offers significant competitive advantages for customers all over the world by drastically reducing production time, waste, and costs associated with manufacturing large, high-value metal parts.”
The EBAM process
Sciaky, Inc. has been providing industrial scale manufacturing solutions for over 75 years as a U.S. subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI) – a global manufacturing and services holding company.
After developing its welding systems throughout this time, Sciaky, Inc. incorporated additive manufacturing to establish the EBAM process, which is utilized in the aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, and healthcare industries.
The EBAM process involves an electron beam gun that deposits layers of metal via a wire feedstock. The layers build in coordination with a specific parts design until the net shape is formed. Following this, the part goes under heat treatment and minor finish machining to accomplish a production-ready part.
Furthermore, the EBAM system can be used to 3D print metal components from 8 inches (203 mm) to 19 feet (5.79 meters) in length and has a gross deposition rate ranging from 3.18 to 9.07kg of metal per hour.
This process runs on an Interlayer Real-time Imaging and Sensing System (IRISS), which can adapt and monitor metal deposition for a precise 3D printed part.
The EBAM process and aerospace
European aircraft manufacturer Airbus previously used Sciaky’s EBAM system to manufacture a titanium spar part to form a skeletal structure of a fixed-wing aircraft. This process was ideal for Airbus as it often uses strong and light materials that usually require high-precision fabrication.
Also commenting on the strategic partnership is President and CEO of CTC Edward J. Sheehan, Jr.
“We are grateful for this opportunity to collaborate with the talented team at Sciaky. Our clients will realize numerous benefits thanks to this arrangement.”
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Featured image shows laser scanning of an EBAM 3D printed metal part. Screenshot via Sciaky Inc. on YouTube.