Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. announced that its Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing technology helped aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Space Systems reduce production time, material waste and overall costs for producing titanium propellant tanks for satellites.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems approached Sciaky back in September 2012 with a materials research and development initiative to investigate the performance of Ti-6Al-4V with its satellite propellant tank. Over many months of testing, the metallurgical experts at Lockheed and Sciaky identified a solution that would drastically reduce time, waste and costs of the part compared to the traditional forging method.
Sciaky’s EBAM systems can produce parts ranging from 8 in. to 19 ft in length, but can also manufacture smaller and larger parts, depending on the application. EBAM is one of the fastest deposition process in the metal additive manufacturing market, with gross deposition rates ranging from 7 to 20 lb of metal per hour. Plus, with a dual wirefeed option, you can combine two different metal alloys into a single melt pool to create “custom alloy” parts or ingots. In addition, you can change the mixture ratio of the two materials to create “graded” parts or structures.
Phillips Services Industries
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