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Sciaky Introduces Advanced Closed-Loop Control and Print Monitoring System for Their EBAM Metal 3D Printing Systems

by • February 16, 2016 • No Comments

3dp_ Sciaky_logoWhilst metal 3D printing is being readily welcomed into many industrial workflows, the innovation is yet remarkably new and frequently inconsistent in results. Not only do printed parts require extensive post processing to smooth and shape the component into a usable condition, but the finished parts in addition require post-testing to ensure there are no flaws or turn it into errors that may cause the part to fail during use. This require for extra
time and processing does make metal 3D printed parts considerably additional expensive, yet many makers consider them worth the cost for low run part making or for the creation of parts with geometries that are not easy to make via traditional making methods. But, industrial additive making is going to require to drop in price and complexity if it is going to grow beyond a niche making process into a viable sizeable-scale making transformnative.

Sciaky EBAM process at Lockheed Martin.

Sciaky EBAM process at Lockheed Martin.

Sciaky Inc, the maker of their exclusive Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) process, is introducing a new way to monitor a metal 3D print while it is being made. The new process is a closed-loop control process called IRISS and is expected to reduce the post-inspection time and improve the final product with real time printing adonlyments. The patented process is a collection of process controls and multiple types of sensors that brings real-time monitoring, extensive process data and control to their EBAM metal 3D printing device. IRISS can assist reduce the may already industry major making time of parts made with the EBAM process, and contribute data that allows for users to have a excellent control of the final printed product.

“We understand additional of the creation of every additive part than we can reasonably understand of parts made other ways. In the next, the data may be marshaled to streamline the process to a degree that goes well beyond only replacing one metalworking operation with another,” explained Slade Gardner, PhD of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company to Additive Manufacturing Magazine Editor-in-Chief Peter Zelinski.

3dp_sciaky_iriss_logoThe Sciaky Interlayer Real-time Imaging & Sensing System (IRISS) can provide EBAM users consistent and reliable control over in-process part geometry, mechanical properties, microstructure construction, and metal chemistry for sizeable-scale AM parts. The closed-loop control can use its bank of high end sensors to monitor the actual metal deposition process in real time. IRISS can in addition make swift adonlyments to the printing parameters so users can compensate for any variations or disruptions that may occur during the turn it into process.

“Sciaky’s IRISS closed-loop control is in a class by itself. It is a big reason why EBAM is the many high end metal additive making processes in the market for sizeable-scale parts,” says general manager of Sciaky, Inc. Mike Riesen.

The dual wire feed EBAM process.

The dual wire feed EBAM process.

The EBAM process uses a metal wire feedstock that can be made of a wide variety of metallic materials, which include titanium, tantalum, niobium, tungsten, molybdenum, Inconel, aluminum, stainless steels and several nickel alloys. Additionally, Sciaky contributes EBAM machines with a dual wire feed version that allows for users to combine two metal materials during the 3D printing process to turn it into customized alloy components. This in addition turn it intos the version to transform the mixture ratio of both materials to make “graded” parts or multi-material structures.

As the metal 3D printing process with the many scalable work envelop, the Sciaky EBAM process is capable of making parts that alter in range of 8 inches (203 mm) all the way up to a huge 19 feet (5.79 meters) in length. Additionally, EBAM is the most rapidly metal deposition process in the metal 3D printing market and is capable of a gross deposition rate that range of 7 pounds (3.18 kg) up to 20 pounds to (9.07 kg) of metal an hour. The IRISS closed-loop control process was created exclusively for the Sciaky line of EBAM processs. Discuss in the 3D Metal Printing Monitoring forum over at 3DPB.com.

Comparing a 6-foot man and a sizeable titanium part made with EBAM.

Comparing a 6-foot man and a sizeable titanium part made with EBAM.