BeAM Demonstrates Magic 2.0 and Shows Capabilities of New North American Facility
Training, process development, applications engineering and material development will all be performed with staff and resources of Ohio facility.
Last week, BeAM Machines hosted an open house at its North American headquarters and Solutions Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, which was opened earlier this year. BeAM Machines is the U.S. subsidiary of BeAM Machines SAS, provider of technology for metal additive manufacturing via directed energy deposition (DED).
The event was an opportunity to demonstrate the company’s Magic 2.0 machine currently installed in the facility (video below). The Magic 2.0 is a five-axis metal additive machine designed for building parts or repairing existing parts in applications challenged by either long lead times or high buy-to-fly ratios. The machine addresses both of these challenges by enabling high-value components to be produced or repaired quickly in a single additive cycle, with minimal use of material beyond what is necessary to the part. The large-format machine features an XYZ build volume of 1,200 by 800 by 800 mm, and a Siemens 840D control.
The event was also an opportunity to show the extent of the company’s presence and capabilities in North America. More than a sales office, the Solutions Center is staffed with service technicians, engineering and material-science personnel, and even machining staff. Among the facility’s resources is a postprocessing CNC machine shop. Also among the resources available at 20,000-square-foot Ohio facility are a training center and a metallurgical laboratory. Support provided to manufacturers out of this location will include feasibility studies, applications engineering, material development, pilot production and training in addition to machine service and sales.
Industries BeAM is targeting for its DED technology include aeronautic, aerospace, defense, nuclear, and oil and gas. The company says the Magic 2.0 machine is used by aerospace MRO sites to repair gas turbine engine shaft seals, stator vanes and low-pressure turbine blades. Other applications include creating near-net shapes as an alternative to machining from forgings, reducing both lead time and material use.
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