BeAM North American Solutions Center Takes Delivery of DED Machine
The BeAM Machines North American Solutions Center, which opened earlier this year in Cincinnati, OH, has taken delivery of a Magic 2.0 large-format directed-energy-deposition (DED) 3D metal-printing machine. The five-axis machine is designed for serial production and repair of high-value components in industries with long lead times and high buy-to-fly ratios. Standard machine specifications include an x-y-z build volume of 1200 by 800 by 800 mm, a Siemens 840D control and an IPG 2-kW fiber laser. Typical applications include repair of gas-turbine engine-shaft seals, stator vanes and LPT blades. The machine also finds use for creating near-net shapes.
The Solutions Center will be fully staffed with service technicians, applications and manufacturing engineers, material scientists, machinists, and technicians, in addition to a business-development team and support staff. The 20,000-sq.-ft. facility also includes a training center, post-processing machine shop, metallurgical laboratory and a final machine-assembly area; www.beam-machines.com, www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pjqysyy1ySs.
SoCal Service Provider Adds Metal-AM Trio
Morf3D, El Segundo, CA, has acquired three new 3d metal-printing machines--two EOS M 290 machines and an EOS M 400. The 6800-sq.-ft. facility, which opened in September 2015, plans to expand its materials offerings beyond aluminum and titanium and begin printing Inconel and other alloys. More at www.morf3d.com.
RFQ Report Shows Metal-Printing Market on the Rise
According to a report from 3Diligent, an online additive-manufacturing (AM) services marketplace, the percentage of AM RFQs for metal parts nearly doubled in 2016, representing 27 percent of all AM RFQs. The market share for plastic and resin printed parts shrunk from 76 percent of all RFQs in 2015 to 65 percent in 2016. 3Diligent also studies pricing behavior, finding that the spread between supplier bids can be quite high, with the average high bid nearly three times that of the lowest bid.
Download the full report at www.3diligent.com.
New Renishaw Digs to Feature AM Solutions Center
Naval Research Laboratory Adds Powder-Bed Machine
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has selected Concept Laser’s 3D metal-printing technology for use in its rapid-prototyping and materials-research work. “We require a wide range of additive-manufacturing capabilities, including quality monitoring and process-parameter development, and need an architecture conducive to that research and development effort,” says Dr. Charles Rohde, NRL Acoustics Division, commenting on its initial foray into laser powder-bed printing.
NRL will use a Concept Laser M2 cusing machine to print in stainless steel. It also will use Concept Laser’s QM Meltpool 3D system to monitor and inspect parts as they grow; and the CL WRX Parameter 2.0 software for process development.