Sciaky‘s systems, which leverage Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) technology (a type of very high throughput DED) deposited over 12,000 pounds (5,443 kilograms) of titanium in 2020. Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, Sciaky’s high deposition rate (HDR) metal 3D printing solution surpassed previous titanium deposition calendar year marks.
The vast majority of this annual deposition relates to the production of 3D printed titanium parts for field-certified aerospace and defense applications. The deposition rate is also increased by creating 3D-printed titanium prototypes for research and development (R&D) applications. Details of these projects are not available to the public because they are protected by nondisclosure agreements.
Sciaky’s EBAM technology is a metal 3D printing solution is a wire-based directed energy deposition process. Wire feedstock is available in titanium, tantalum, tungsten, Inconel, niobium, nickel-copper/copper-nickel, aluminum, molybdenum, zircalloy, and stainless steel. In many cases, wire feedstock is 50% cheaper (or more) than powder feedstock. Wire feedstock is also safer and easier to store than powder feedstock (the powder used in titanium is known to be highly flammable).
Sciaky’s EBAM systems can produce parts ranging from 8 inches (203 mm) to 19 feet (5.79 meters) in length. EBAM is also the fastest solution in the metal additive manufacturing market, with gross deposition rates up to 25 lbs. (11.34 kg) of metal per hour. EBAM brings quality and control together with IRISS, the Interlayer Real-time Imaging and Sensing System, which is a real-time adaptive control system that can sense and digitally self-adjust metal deposition with precision and repeatability. This innovative closed-loop control is the primary reason that Sciaky’s EBAM 3D printing process delivers consistent part geometry, mechanical properties, microstructure, and metal chemistry.
“Sciaky’s EBAM is the most mature industrial additive manufacturing process in the industry for depositing titanium,” said Scott Phillips, President and CEO of Sciaky, Inc. “We recognize that there are many options in the market today for large format metal 3D printing solutions, but we are proud of being a trusted provider since 2009.”