Wayland Additive raises £3 million to develop electron beam metal 3D printing technology

Wayland Additive, a metal 3D printing start-up based in West Yorkshire, UK, has raised £3 million in funding to develop fast and reliable electron beam additive manufacturing systems for aerospace and medical industries.

Longwall Ventures and the Angel CoFund have led the investment.

Will Richardson, Chief executive of Wayland Additive. Photo via Wayland Additive.
Will Richardson, CEO of Wayland Additive. Photo via Wayland Additive.

Advancing electron beam 3D printing

Entering the 3D printing industry this year, Wayland Additive, headquartered in Huddersfield, is using technologies originally developed for electron microscopy and electron beam lithography in building its new machine. This aims to provide higher productivity, improved process monitoring and control, and versatility in materials for metal additive manufacturing.

The electron beam process provides an energy source capable of melting metal powders to produce complex, industrial-grade parts. The new funds will help finalize Wayland Additive’s first 3D printer, which is expected to go to market in May 2021 to approximately six customers.

According to Will Richardson, CEO of Wayland Additive, the company’s 3D printer will be quicker than competing metal printing products. “We could try and scale it faster, but we want to make sure that our initial customers are given superb support to get the best out of their machine,” explained Richardson.

“There’s the opportunity to make parts which are customized to the individual patient. That’s going to give a better result and faster recovery times for patients after surgery.”

Metal additive manufacturing

Within metal additive manufacturing, EBM has been an area of advancement. Most recently, Ruselectronics, a Russian holding corporation and a subsidiary of state-owned Rostec, has began developing an electron beam metal 3D printer for aerospace applications. The research and development work will be carried out by Toriy Scientific Production Association (НПП Торий).

In addition, Sciaky, Inc., a Chicago-based provider of metal 3D printing solutions, entered into an agreement with KTM Consultants headquartered in Sydney, to expand its Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) technology across Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East.

A metal part 3D printed by Sciaky. Image via Sciaky.
A metal part 3D printed by Sciaky. Image via Sciaky.

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Featured image shows Will Richardson, CEO of Wayland Additive. Photo via Wayland Additive.