Additive Manufacturing Wayland Additive announces first sale of Calibur3 metal AM system

Editor: MA Alexander Stark

UK — In advance of its physical launch event 19th May 2021, Wayland Additive announced the first sale of its Calibur3 metal AM system to Exergy Solutions, Calgary, Canada.

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Wayland Additive is delighted to fully unveil its breakthrough metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology Neubeam, with the commercial launch of its first platform: Calibur3.
Wayland Additive is delighted to fully unveil its breakthrough metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology Neubeam, with the commercial launch of its first platform: Calibur3.
(Source: Wayland Additive)

Since its virtual launch event held in March, Wayland has garnered significant interest in the Calibur3 machine from across a wide cross section of industry. Peter Hansford, Director of Business Development at Wayland Additive, comments: “We are extremely pleased with the response to the launch of our Calibur3 machine, and to be able to announce our first sale to Exergy is very exciting. We are in advanced discussions with a number of companies interested in our ground-breaking metal AM process, all of which recognise that Neubeam affords them access to numerous production alternatives. Most importantly, the charging issues that make electron beam (EBM) processes so unstable have been fully neutralized with this technology. Moreover, Neubeam is a hot “part” process rather than a hot “bed” process like traditional eBeam processes. This efficiently creates parts that are free of residual stresses because the high temperatures are only applied to the part and not the bed, ensuring free-flowing powder post-build (no sinter cake) and stress-free parts with reduced energy consumption.”

Traditional workarounds for the eBeam process have been developed by the AM industry, but these lead to downstream complexities. The use of very high processing temperatures across the entire build plate creates a part within a semi-sintered cake, and this makes part removal and post processing very difficult, time consuming and expensive. These compromises also severely limit the materials that can be used, the geometrical forms that can be produced and ultimately the applications that can benefit from the eBeam process.

Neubeam is material agnostic, can produce complex geometries that are impossible on other eBeam systems, and is typically 30-40 percent faster by removing the need to maintain and sinter the cake.

Exergy Solutions is an engineering consultancy offering end-to-end, fit-for-purpose lab-scale and pilot-scale equipment for research and innovation. The company has been operating in Calgary since 2013 and opened its X-Lab in 2019, offering state-of-the-art industrial additive manufacturing and post-processing solutions, as well as a wireless augmented and virtual reality studio. Exergy works with clients in a variety of sectors including demanding, highly regulated industries such as oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, and R&D.

The Vibenite series of materials used by Exergy are developed by VBN Components, which has a reputation for creating unique hard and wear resistant materials for additive manufacturing, thereby allowing customers to create large geometrically-complex parts and components that are impossible to produce using traditional production processes. The Vibenite series of materials are characterised by the production of components with extreme fatigue resistance thanks to the high cleanliness in Vibenite materials, supreme wear resistance and hardness, thanks to the high carbide content, and no porosities and full hardness all the way through the component.

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