Sciaky Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries Inc., received an order from a southeast Asian aerospace parts manufacturer for a dual-purpose electron-beam additive-manufacturing (EBAM) and EB welding system. The hybrid machine will be customized with special controls to switch from 3D printing to welding in a quick and easy process. The company will utilize the system to 3D print metal structures and to weld dissimilar materials and refractory alloys for these structures and other aerospace parts.

Delivery of the hybrid system is scheduled for the second quarter of 2019. Sciaky’s EBAM systems can produce parts ranging from 8 inches to 19 feet (5.79 meters) in length. They also have gross deposition rates ranging from 7 to 25 pounds of metal per hour.