Sciaky Inc. manufactured and delivered an electron-beam additive-manufacturing (EBAM) system to the Global Research & Innovative Technology (GRIT) facility of Hitachi Metals Ltd. in Kumagaya, Japan. The system includes a dual wire-feed configuration. With this configuration, Hitachi Metals can combine two different metal alloys into a single melt pool, managed with independent program control, to create custom alloy parts or ingots.
Hitachi Metals will launch its new metal-wire AM technology with this EBAM system, which will give the company the option to alternate between different wire gauges for finer deposition features (thin wire) and gross deposition features (thick wire) to meet unique part specifications.
Sciaky's EBAM systems can produce parts ranging from 8 inches (203 mm) to 19 feet (5.79 meters) in length. The system also offers gross deposition rates ranging from 7 to 20 pounds (3.18 to 9.07 kg) of metal per hour. This is Sciaky’s first Asia-Pacific installation.