Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI) and leading provider of metal additive manufacturing (AM) solutions, announced recently that it has entered into an ambitious research and development (R&D) initiative with Aubert & Duval and Airbus, driven by the Saint Exupéry Institute for Research in Technology (IRT). The Production Engineering laboratory of the National School of Engineering in Tarbes, France will serve as an academic partner for this project, also known as the Metallic Advanced Materials for Aeronautics (MAMA) project.
The goal is to couple traditional metallurgy with emerging wirefed metal 3D printing techniques – in this case, Sciaky’s groundbreaking Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM®) process – to develop new processes for manufacturing titanium alloys aircraft parts.
Sciaky’s EBAM is the fastest deposition process in the metal additive manufacturing market, with gross deposition rates up to 25 lbs. (11.34 kg) of metal per hour. EBAM brings quality and control together with IRISS® – the Interlayer Real-time Imaging and Sensing System that can sense and digitally self-adjust metal deposition with precision and repeatability.