Sciaky to Deliver Metal Electron Beam DED 3D Printer to Turkish Aerospace Industries

The high-deposition EBAM machine will 3D print titanium aerostructures nearly 20 feet in length, company reports.

The high-deposition EBAM machine will 3D print titanium aerostructures nearly 20 feet in length, company reports.

Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI) and supplier of industrial metal 3D printing solutions, will deliver a large electron beam directed energy deposition (DED) 3D printer, a customized 300 Series Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) System, to Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). The contract between TAI and Sciaky also includes collaboration on a series of projects aimed at optimizing TAI's use of the EBAM machine and its technology.  


The EBAM machine will go to TAI's Ankara, Turkey, plant, where it will 3D print some large titanium aerostructures in the industry. The machine's work envelope stretches beyond 6 meters in length by 2 meters in width by 1.8 meters in height. Deposition rates will exceed 20 kg of metal per hour for many metal alloys.

On top of the technical specifications, this 3D printer can quickly switch over to an Electron Beam Welder (EBW) for large-scale welding applications. TAI can also combine EB welding and 3D printing functionality for applications that require both technologies.   

“Sciaky's EBAM systems are the most widely sold, large-scale DED metal 3D printers in the world, having approved parts on land, sea, air, and space applications,” says Scott Phillips, president of Sciaky, Inc. “We applaud TAI's vision for innovation and their ambitious plans to 3D print some of the largest titanium aerostructures in the world.” 

As a widely scalable metal additive manufacturing solution, Sciaky's EBAM systems can produce parts ranging from 8 inches (203 mm) to 20 feet (> 6 meters) in length. EBAM is a fast deposition process in the metal additive manufacturing market, with gross deposition rates ranging from seven to 25 lbs. (3.18 to 11.34 kg) of metal per hour. EBAM brings quality and control together with IRISS—the Interlayer Real-time Imaging and Sensing System, which is a real-time adaptive control system that can sense and digitally self-adjust metal deposition with precision and repeatability. 

Delivery details for this multi-purpose EBAM system are still being finalized.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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