In metal additive manufacturing, more companies are offering a way to see inside the build of a part for quality control. The latest company to offer such a feature is Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI) and a leading provider of metal additive manufacturing (AM) systems. Sciaky offers IRISS for closed-loop control for its industry-leading Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) systems.
IRISS, which stands for Interlayer Real-time Imaging & Sensing System, provides consistent process control for part geometry, mechanical properties, microstructure, and metal chemistry for large-scale 3D printed parts. This technology monitors the metal deposition process in real time and makes adjustments to the process parameters that compensate for variation throughout the build process. EBAM systems use wire feedstock, which is available in a variety of metals including titanium, tantalum, niobium, tungsten, molybdenum, Inconel, aluminum, stainless steels, and nickel alloys.
Sciaky’s EBAM systems produce parts ranging from 8 in. (203 mm) to 19 feet (5.79 m) in length, but can also manufacture smaller and larger parts, depending on the application. EBAM is a fast deposition process with gross deposition rates ranging from 7 to 20 lb (3.18 to 9.07 kg) of metal per hour. Plus, with a 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.
Check out this system at The Rapid 3D Manufacturing Event, which takes place May 17-19 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Sciaky will be exhibiting in booth 348.