Direct Manufacturing Technology Makes Parts More Economically

Electron beam welding equipment.

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Sciaky Inc.’s direct manufacturing technology uses the company’s electron beam welding equipment to produce production parts and functional prototypes more economically than traditional manufacturing methods. The technology is based on additive manufacturing principles, and is the only commercially available, large-scale, fully programmable means of achieving near-net-shape parts, the company says.

Starting with a 3D model from a CAD program, a fully articulated, moving electron beam gun deposits metal, layer by layer, until the part is ready for finish machining. Depending on the part being manufactured, deposition rates can range from 15 to 40 lbs of metal per hour.

Sciaky, a Chicago-based provider of advanced welding systems and services, is a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries.