Airbus to Install Sciaky Metal 3D Printer

The aircraft manufacturer plans to use the Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) system to produce large structural parts.

Sciaky, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries Inc. (PSI), has announced that Airbus will take delivery of an Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) 110 system. The aircraft manufacturer will utilize Sciaky’s industrial-scale metal 3D printing system to produce large structural parts made of titanium.

Sciaky’s EBAM process combines computer-aided design (CAD), additive manufacturing processing principles and an electron beam heat source. Starting with a 3D model from a CAD program, Sciaky's fully-articulated, moving electron beam gun deposits metal via wire feedstock, layer by layer, until the part reaches near-net shape. From there, the near-net shape part requires heat treatment and post-production machining. The system accommodates a variety of metals and refractory alloys such as titanium, tantalum, niobium, tungsten, Inconel and stainless steels. According to the company, there is minimal material waste.

The EBAM system is also equipped with Sciaky’s Interlayer Real-time Imaging and Sensing System (IRISS). The IRISS monitoring and control system can sense and digitally self-adjust metal deposition with precision and repeatability. This closed-loop control enables the 3D printing process to deliver consistent part geometry, mechanical properties, microstructure and metal chemistry, the company says.

Sciaky’s EBAM 110 System has a work envelope measuring 70" × 47" × 63" (1,778 × 1,194 × 1,600 mm). Sciaky’s lineup of EBAM systems can produce parts ranging from 8" (203 mm) to 19 ft. (5.79 m) in length, with gross deposition rates ranging from 7 to 20 lbs/hr. (3.18 to 9.07 kg/hr.). 

 “Sciaky is very proud to partner with a world-class innovator like Airbus,” said Bob Phillips, vice president of marketing for Sciaky Inc. “We all know that metal 3D printing technology is going to revolutionize manufacturing in the aerospace industry, and Sciaky is committed to being at the forefront of this movement.”