CHICAGO, Illinois | September 12, 2018
CHICAGO, IL – Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI) and leading provider of metal additive manufacturing (AM) solutions, will provide an industry-leading Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM®) system to FAMAero, a privately-owned metal 3D printed parts bureau located in Fenton, Michigan. FAMAero, which is an abbreviation for Future Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace, will leverage Sciaky’s EBAM technology to offer fast and affordable large-scale 3D printed parts and prototypes to manufacturers seeking to reduce production time and costs associated with traditional manufacturing processes. FAMAero’s services will be particularly appealing to customers in aerospace, defense, oil & gas, and sea exploration industries, where there is an abundance of applications for large-scale metal parts.
The custom EBAM system ordered by FAMAero will be the largest production metal 3D printer in the world, with a nominal part envelope of 146” (3708 mm) wide x 62” (1575 mm) deep x 62” (1575 mm) high. With this type of scalability, FAMAero will be able to produce metal parts over 12 feet in length (roughly 3.7 meters).
“FAMAero is well-positioned to be North America’s go-to source for fast and affordable metal 3D printed parts and prototypes,” said 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.”
“FAMAero is entering the market as the first private, dedicated parts bureau in North America for large-scale 3D printed metal parts,” said 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.”
As the most widely scalable metal additive manufacturing solution in the industry (in terms of work envelope), 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 deposition process in the metal additive manufacturing market, with gross deposition rates ranging from seven to 25 lbs. (3.18 to 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 the only real-time adaptive control system in the metal 3D printing market 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, from the first part to the last.
For more information on FAMAero, visit www.famaero.com.
CHICAGO — Sciaky Inc., a provider of metal additive manufacturing solutions, won the TCT Aerospace Application Award, along with Lockheed Martin, for the successful production of titanium propellant tanks using Sciaky's Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) technology.
The TCT Awards celebrates the innovators, technology and collaborators behind the best examples of 3D technology use across the globe.
For this particular application, Lockheed Martin Space Systems reduced costs by 55%, material waste by 75%, and production time by 80% by using Sciaky's EBAM metal 3D printing solution over traditional forging methods.
"Sciaky is honored to receive this prestigious award from the 3D printing experts at TCT, and in conjunction with the visionaries at Lockheed Martin Space Systems," said Bob Phillips, vice president of Sciaky, Inc. "This was truly a groundbreaking metal 3D printing application for the aerospace industry that highlighted the tremendous possibilities of additive manufacturing."
As the most widely scalable, metal additive manufacturing solution in the industry (in terms of work envelope), 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 deposition process in the metal additive manufacturing market, with gross deposition rates ranging from seven to 20 lbs. (3.18 to 9.07 kg) of metal per hour. EBAM brings quality and control together with IRISS—the Interlayer Real-time Imaging and Sensing System, which is the only real-time monitoring and control system in the metal 3D printing market 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, from the first part to the last.
For more information, visit www.sciaky.com.
Lockheed Martin’s 3D printing process used to create two titanium fuel tanks earlier this year, has been certified by NASA and will move forward as a standard product option on LM 2100 satellites.
The last time we wrote about the titanium fuel tanks, Lockheed had successfully printed the two domes and welded them to a cylindrical frame. Sciaky’s patented Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) process has since been certified after testing that was part of a multi-year development program with Lockheed.
“Sciaky’s EBAM technology is now the world’s only large-scale metal 3D printing process that has qualified applications for land, sea, air, and space,” said Scott Phillips, president and CEO of Sciaky, Inc. “We are delighted to work with the innovators at Lockheed Martin Space and will continue to push the boundaries of additive manufacturing.”
As previously reported, Lockheed’s ability to cut down on production time (a whopping 87 per cent) was one of the factors that led to a thumbs up from NASA. And while NASA isn’t specification as to the nature of their strict requirements, the process used on the LM 2100—Lockheed’s largest largest satellite bus—was enough to pass inspection.
According to a press release from Sciaky the EBAM “system has a gross deposition rate from 7 to 25 lbs. of metal per hour, and also uses the company’s Interlayer Real-Time Imaging and Sensing System (IRISS) for adaptive control.”
To help quantify just how large the titanium AM domes are, they can supposedly hold 74 gallons of coffee
Traditionally, it would take a year to secure a 4-foot-diameter, 4-inch-think titanium dome, but 3-D printing has eliminated that need. They can now be produced in 48 days. (PRNewsfoto/Sciaky, Inc.)