Metal additive manufacturing company Sciaky Inc. has announced it will be supplying FAMAero with one of its Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) systems. Based in Fenton, Michigan, privately-owned 3D printing service bureau FAMAero (which stands for Future Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace) will utilize Sciaky’s technology to produce large-scale metal parts and prototypes for its clients.
With its newly acquired EBAM system, FAMAero will be targeting clients in the aerospace, defense, oil & gas and sea exploration industries, providing large-scale metal 3D printed parts or prototypes with fast turnaround times and competitive costs. Notably, Sciaky says the custom EBAM system supplied to FAMAero is the “largest production metal 3D printer in the world.”
The massive system boasts a print volume capacity of 3708 x 1575 x 1575 mm (146 x 62 x 62 inches). With this capability, FAMAero plans to manufacture parts and prototypes of over 3.7 meters in length.
“FAMAero is well-positioned to be North America’s go-to source for fast and affordable metal 3D printed parts and prototypes,” commented Scott Phillips, President and CEO of Sciaky, Inc. “Based on recent market dynamics, we believe FAMAero is on the cusp of a burgeoning trend in the metal 3D printing marketplace, which will undoubtedly grow globally over time.”
Sciaky’s EBAM system is, as most in the industry will know, one of, if not the most, scalable metal AM systems on the market. The customizable system can make parts as small as 203 mm in length to nearly 5.8 meters. The machine is not only remarkable for its size, however, as the technology boasts some of the fasted print speeds in metal 3D printing. To give an idea, an EBAM system can deposit metal at speeds ranging from 3.18 to 11.34 kg (7 to 25 lbs.) per hour.
“FAMAero is entering the market as the first private, dedicated parts bureau in North America for large-scale 3D printed metal parts,” added Don Doyle, President of FAMAero. “Our Factory as a Service concept, combined with Sciaky’s industry-leading EBAM technology, will provide manufacturers a new avenue to significantly slash time and cost on the production of critical parts, while offering the largest build platform and selection of exotic metals to choose from in the 3D parts service market.”