The Initiative is piloted by the Saint Exupéry Institute for Research in Technology
Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI) and leading provider of metal additive manufacturing (AM) solutions, announced this week that it has entered into an ambitious research and development (R&D) initiative with Aubert & Duval and Airbus, driven by the Saint Exupéry Institute for Research in Technology (IRT). The Production Engineering laboratory of the National School of Engineering in Tarbes, France will serve as an academic partner for this project, also known as the Metallic Advanced Materials for Aeronautics (MAMA) project.
The goal of the R&D project is to combine the traditional metallurgy process and high power closed die forging with Sciaky’s groundbreaking Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM®) process. The core aim is to develop new processes for manufacturing titanium alloys aircraft parts.
In this first phase, the project has a global funding of € 4,2 M (just under $4.8M USD) of which 50% are supported by the French State as part of the “Investing in the Future” program (PIA – Programme Investissement d’Avenir), the other 50% being funded by its industrial partners.
Commenting on the ambitious project, President and CEO of Sciaky, Inc., Mr. Scott Phillips said, “Sciaky is proud to work with the Saint Exupéry IRT, Aubert & Duval and Airbus on this exciting project. Industrial metal additive manufacturing technology continues to break new ground every day, and Sciaky is committed to keeping EBAM at the forefront of this movement.”
As the most widely scalable metal additive manufacturing solution in the industry (in terms of work envelope), Sciaky’s EBAM systems can produce parts ranging from 8 inches (203 mm) to 19 feet (5.79 meters) in length. EBAM is also the fastest deposition process in the metal additive manufacturing market, with gross deposition rates up to 25 lbs. (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 the only real-time adaptive control system in the metal 3D printing market that can sense and digitally self-adjust metal deposition with precision and repeatability. This innovative closed-loop control is the primary reason that Sciaky’s EBAM 3D printing process delivers consistent part geometry, mechanical properties, microstructure, and metal chemistry, from the first part to the last.
Sciaky’s EBAM is the only industrial metal 3D printing solution with approved applications for land, sea, air, and space.
About Aubert & Duval: Aubert & Duval, a subsidiary of the Alloys division of the Eramet group, is a metallurgist expert and one of the world leaders in high-performance steels, superalloys, titanium and aluminum.
About the IRT Saint Exupery: The Technological Research Institute (IRT) Saint Exupéry is an accelerator of science, technological research and transfer to the aeronautics, space and embedded systems industries for the development of innovative solutions that are safe, robust, certifiable and sustainable.
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