3dprinting vendors that work with metal materials and offer machines geared for manufacturing use are showing some impressive capabilities.
For example, Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI), offers a number of Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) systems, with options for medium, large, and extra-large part applications. Parts can range from 203 mm (8 in.) to 5.79 m (19 ft) in length.
EBAM is a fast deposition process in the metal 3D printing market, with gross deposition rates ranging from 3.18 to 9.07 kg (7 to 20 lb) of metal per hour. With Sciaky’s dual wirefeed option, you can combine two different metal alloys into a single melt pool to create “custom alloy” parts or ingots. In addition, you can change the mixture ratio of the two materials to create “graded” parts or structures.
Sciaky’s EBAM technology uses wire feedstock, which is available in materials such as titanium, tantalum, niobium, tungsten, molybdenum, Inconel, aluminum, stainless steels, nickel alloys, and more.