A Southeast Asian aerospace parts manufacturer purchased a dual-purpose electron-beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) and EB welding system. The machine, designed and manufactured by Sciaky Inc., will be customized with special controls to switch from 3D printing to welding.

Delivery of the hybrid system, which will be used to 3D print metal structures and weld dissimilar materials and refractory alloys for these structures and other aerospace parts, is scheduled for the second quarter of 2019.

Sciaky's EBAM systems can produce parts ranging from 8” to 19’ (203 mm to 5.79 m) in length. EBAM is also has gross deposition rates ranging from 7 to 25 lb (3.18 to 11.34 kg) of metal per hour.