Chicago – Sciaky Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries Inc. (PSI) and provider of large-scale additive manufacturing solutions, has recently received a purchase order from Lockheed Martin Space Systems to provide a turnkey electron beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) system. The EBAM system will help Lockheed Martin reduce time and cost on the production of titanium propulsion tanks.
On July 10, 2014, Sciaky announced the availability of EBAM systems to the marketplace. This is the second multi-million dollar order from a major global manufacturing company since then. In addition, Sciaky is working with more than a dozen other companies to provide EBAM systems for their needs.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems designs, develops, tests, manufactures, and operates a full spectrum of advanced-technology systems for national security, civil, and commercial customers. Chief products include human space flight systems; a full range of remote sensing, navigation, meteorological, and communications satellites and instruments; space observatories and interplanetary spacecraft; laser radar; fleet ballistic missiles; and missile defense systems.
Sciaky’s EBAM process combines computer-aided design (CAD), electron beam manufacturing technology, and layer-additive processing. Starting with a 3D model from a CAD program, Sciaky's fully-articulated, moving electron beam gun deposits metal (via wire feedstock), layer by layer, until the part reaches near-net shape. From there, the near-net shape part requires minor post-production machining. The 110" x 110" x 110" build envelope of the EBAM system will allow Lockheed Martin to produce large titanium parts, with virtually no waste.
“Sciaky is proud to partner with a progressive leader like Lockheed Martin Space Systems,” said Mike Riesen, general manager of Sciaky. “Sciaky’s EBAM technology will help Lockheed Martin significantly reduce material costs, lead times, and machining times.”
Source: Sciaky Inc.