Make Metal Parts Faster & Cheaper Than Ever with Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) Technology
3D printing has had an undeniable impact on the manufacturing world. Parts made faster, with less material waste, reduced machining time, and shorter time-to-market are just some of the benefits attainable with 3D printing (a.k.a. Direct Digital Manufacturing).
Sciaky’s Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) is a one-of-a-kind 3D printing technology that delivers on the key benefits mentioned above and excels at producing large-scale, high-value metal parts. It’s no secret that large-scale forgings and castings can take many, many months to complete. EBAM, on the other hand, can produce high quality, large-scale metal structures, up to 19’ in length, made of titanium, tantalum, and nickel-based alloys in a matter of days, with very little material waste. While 3D printing large, high-value metal parts is Sciaky’s specialty, the EBAM process is equally effective for 3D printing small metal parts (with features as fine as 1mm).
EBAM systems can be used in any phase of the product life cycle: from rapid prototypes and production parts to repair and remanufacturing applications.
More on EBAM
Parts and structures up to 19’ x 4’ x 4’ (or round parts up to 96” diameter) can be produced with Sciaky’s EBAM machines. While large part additive manufacturing is our specialty, EBAM is equally effective for smaller-scale parts and applications (or parts with features as fine as 1mm).
Metals supported by EBAM include Titanium and Titanium alloys, Stainless Steels (300 series), Inconel, Tantalum, Tungsten, Niobium, and more. In general, metals that are weldable and available in wire can be used in this process.
How does it work?
Here’s the short version: Starting with a 3D model from a CAD program, Sciaky’s electron beam (EB) gun deposits metal (via wire feedstock), layer by layer, until the part reaches near-net shape and is ready for finish machining. Sciaky’s patented Closed-Loop Control technology provides consistent part geometry, mechanical properties, microstructure, metal chemistry and more from the first part to the last part. And with standard deposition rates ranging from 7 to 20 lbs. per hour, EBAM works faster than rival metal additive manufacturing methods and is, by extension, a significantly more cost-effective choice for metal part applications.
The best material candidates for EBAM applications are high-value metals with long lead times (for raw material) that can be manufactured with wire feedstock. These materials include:
- Titanium and Titanium alloys
- Inconel 718, 625
- Stainless Steels (300 series)
- 2319, 4043 Aluminum
- 4340 Steel
- 70-30 Copper Nickel
- 70-30 Nickel Copper
Benefits of Choosing EBAM for Additive Manufacturing
- Reduces Material Costs, Lead Times, and Machining Times (as much as 80%)
- The Fastest, Most Cost-Effective Metal Additive Manufacturing Process in the Market
- The Big Metal Experts: Sciaky Offers the Largest Build Envelope in the World for 3D Printed Metal Parts
- EBAM Produces Higher Quality, Denser Parts Than Powder Approaches – Plus, Unlike Powder Approaches, EBAM Works with Refractory Alloys
- The Widest Range of Commercially Available Metal 3D Printing Systems (in terms of work envelope scalability)
- Closed-Loop Control Technology Ensures Process Repeatability and Traceability
Best of all, Sciaky’s EBAM systems are available for purchase, or for contract service engagements. Click on one of the buttons below to learn more about these two options: