Aug. 6, 2014

Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and providers of additive manufacturing solutions for large-scale, high-value metal parts, announced Tuesday that it received a purchase order from a major aerospace parts maker to provide an electron beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) system. The EBAM system will help the manufacturer save significant time and cost on the production of large, high-value metal parts.

On July 10, Sciaky announced the availability of EBAM systems to the marketplace. This is the first of two multi-million dollar orders from a major global manufacturing company since the announcement.

Sciaky is a worldwide leader in additive manufacturing technology and electron beam welding solutions. Sciaky launched its Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (AM) process in 2009 with the objective to save manufacturers time and money on the production of large-scale, high-value metal parts and prototypes. Sciaky's process is capable of producing parts up to 19 feet in length, made of high-value metals like titanium, tantalum, stainless steel, and Inconel.

Sciaky's EBAM technology combines computer-aided design (CAD), electron beam welding technology and layer-additive processing. Starting with a 3D model from a CAD program, Sciaky's fully-articulated, moving electron beam welding gun deposits metal, layer by layer, until the part reaches near-net shape. From there, the near-net shape part requires minor post-production machining. The 110" x 110" x 110" (L x W x H) build envelope of the EBAM system will allow the manufacturer to produce large parts, with virtually no waste.

"Sciaky is proud to partner with this major aerospace parts manufacturer" said Mike Riesen, general manager of Sciaky, Inc. "The EBAM system will certainly give them a competitive advantage in the marketplace."

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Dean wrote at 8/10/2014 6:59:06 AM:

I'm not totally sure that this makes sense. For 95% of items made, it is simply easier to 3D print a wax mold, and use investment lost wax casting. This technology is so cheap; they make precision, ultra-light weight $200 titanium hand construction hammers with it. You can watch the process here: Solid cast pouring under a vacuum creates a metal with known quality and strength since the part cools down as a whole. I wouldn't trust ANY direct 3D printed metal component for any stress related purpose. (I noticed that multiple people said the same thing under the Sciaky YouTube video linked in the above article.) Finally, the parts that come of out of this Sciaky printer, frankly, look like crap until they are CNCed (negative manufacturing), so what’s the point?!?!

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