Burloak Technologies purchases EBAM systems for commercial AM applications
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The system will operate at the company's recently announced Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence.
Burloak Technologies, a subsidiary of Samuel, Son and Co., Limited, has signed an agreement with Sciaky, Inc, to purchase and use their Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing System (EBAM 110) in commercial applications.
As one of the first commercially available systems to manufacture the industry’s largest 3D printed parts on a contract basis, Burloak is accepting development projects for the system, with full production capability expected in the third quarter of 2019.
“Using traditional subtractive processes, such as forging and machining, the production of titanium parts of this size could take one year while generating a significant amount of waste,” said Peter Adams, Co-founder and President of Burloak Technologies. “Our EBAM 110 system will allow us to manufacture the same large-scale titanium structural parts in a matter of days. We are already engaged with several aerospace end-users who have started the qualification process with us.”
The system will operate at the Company’s recently announced Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence, where it will manufacture large structural components for flight applications, with dimensions up to 106 x 47 x 63 inches, or diameters of 106 inches. Equipped with electron beam welding capabilities, the EBAM 110 system is a wire-fed, large-scale, high deposition rate system. It is capable of building parts in a wide range of materials in a full vacuum environment using a powerful electron beam system that can deposit up to 25 pounds of titanium per hour.
What’s interesting about this news is the fact that, to our understanding, this is the first time the EBAM system has been purchased for full-production commercial capabilities. Earlier this year, Sciaky created a custom printer for FAMAero utilizing the EBAM technology. Additionally, Sciaky successfully completed a multi-year partnership with Lockheed and Martin, helping build giant metal 3D printed parts for a satellite fuselage using the EBAM system. In this specific circumstance, the EBAM 3D printing process has been certified as an option for future production on LM 2100 satellites.
“Sciaky’s EBAM systems are the most widely sold large-scale metal 3D printing system in the world, having qualified parts on land, sea, air, and space applications,” said Scott Phillips, President, and CEO of Sciaky, Inc. “The innovators at Burloak Technologies will leverage the numerous benefits of EBAM to produce faster and cheaper parts for their customers all across the globe.”