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Wayland Additive presents metal 3D printing portfolio at Rapid-TCT 2024

Wayland Additive will once again exhibit at Rapid-TCT from June 25-27, showcasing its advanced metal 3D printing solutions at booth 2461. The company will demonstrate its leadership in the production of large-scale metal parts from difficult-to-process materials.

With an increasing number of Calibur3 machines installed worldwide, Wayland Additive is demonstrating that its technology is establishing industrial 3D printing in sectors and applications where traditional additive manufacturing processes have so far reached their limits. Its success is based on its patented NeuBeam process, which offers unique high-temperature capabilities, enabling a wider range of metal materials.

Peter Hansford, Chief Revenue Officer at Wayland says, “The NeuBeam process delivers on all of the advantages of metal electron beam (eBeam) powder bed fusion (PBF) technology, while overcoming the troublesome issues that have traditionally limited wider adoption. Until the development of NeuBeam, eBeam technologies were always unstable, and were bedevilled by charging issues. This meant the process needed to be tightly controlled because small changes could upset the balance of the process, leading to instability (smoke events) which are almost always catastrophic. Calibur3’s NeuBeam or neutralising technology eliminates the chance of smoke events, leaving a very stable environment within which to work. Because of this, it’s much easier to change parameters without disasters. This allows us to give customers what they want, the ability to tune parameters for production, to suit their needs, improving part quality or mechanical properties much more quickly than has previously been possible.”

The NeuBeam process works with a hot dividing process instead of a hot bed process. This allows parts to be produced efficiently without residual stresses. The high temperatures are only applied to the part and not the bed, which allows for free powder flow after the build, stress-free parts and lower energy consumption. This results in faster print times with lower energy requirements.

Hansford continues, “So we have process stability, and this allows flexibility when choosing melt temperature and melt strategies. But another key to the Calibur3 and the NeuBeam process which we will be demonstrating through an array of parts on our stand at Rapid-TCT is the vastly improved metallurgy capabilities of NeuBeam, which unlocks a plethora of complex metal production opportunities that current metal AM processes struggle with. This is because the NeuBeam process is compatible with a much wider range of metal powders, including but not limited to refractory metals and highly reflective alloys. The issue of materials in metal AM is hugely important, with many users forced to use new alloy derivatives created specifically for AM. This leaves them with two unknown quantities — a new process and a new material. This is where NeuBeam really breaks new ground, with the ability to process existing metal materials, which reduces the pain burden when qualifying new parts.”

Parts manufactured with the Calibur3 from various materials such as titanium and tungsten will be on display at Rapid-TCT. The NeuBeam process can also process nickel, copper, high-carbon steels, stainless steel and cobalt alloys. It is not only material agnostic, but also enables the production of complex geometries that are not feasible with other eBeam systems, and is typically 30-40% faster as it eliminates the need for sintering.

Visitors to Rapid-TCT are invited to visit booth 2461 to learn how Wayland Additive’s Calibur3 metal AM system can drive innovation and bring metal 3D printing into previously untapped application areas.

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