Sciaky will provide an 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.