Sciaky Delivers EBAM System to Hitachi Metals

This is the first of several EBAM systems to be delivered to the Asia-Pacific region in the coming months.

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Sciaky Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries Inc. (PSI) and provider of metal additive manufacturing solutions, announced that it delivered an Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) system to the Global Research & Innovative Technology (GRIT) facility of Hitachi Metals Ltd. in Kumagaya, Japan, making it the first Asia-Pacific installation.
 
Hitachi Metals offers products and materials that contribute to better quality and productivity, as well as energy conservation. The company says it has developmental and technological strengths in four business segments: specialty steel products, magnetic materials and applications, functional components and equipment, as well as wires, cables and related products.
 
The EBAM 110 system purchased by Hitachi Metals includes a dual wirefeed configuration. With this configuration, customers can combine two different metal alloys into a single melt pool, managed with independent program control, to create custom alloy parts or ingots. Customers also have the option to alternate between different wire gauges for finer deposition features (thin wire) and gross deposition features (thick wire) to meet unique part specifications.
 
Sciaky’s EBAM systems can produce parts ranging from 8 inches (203 millimeters) to 19 feet (5.79 meters) in length. EBAM has gross deposition rates ranging from seven to 20 lbs. (3.18 to 9.07 kilograms) 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. Sciaky says that this 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.