Better Metallurgy through NeuBeam®

The NeuBeam process is a powder bed fusion (PBF) additive manufacturing (AM) process that utilises an electron beam (eBeam) as its heat source. While other eBeam processes are available on the market, NeuBeam is unique because it achieves full charge neutralisation during the build process, which offers superior metallurgical capabilities. In turn this opens up new opportunities for application development with a wider and more open choice of metal materials for production applications with metal additive manufacturing.

No residual stress

The NeuBeam process eliminates issues concerning residual stress with typical metal AM processes, directly producing metal parts with demonstrably greater internal integrity while eliminating the need for an entire sinter cake around the parts, which require costly and time-consuming post-processing steps that can negate the benefits of AM for a given application. This is achieved by only applying the required high temperatures to the part being built, rather than the entire powder bed.

NeuBeam is delivered via a completely new system architecture based on a stable, reliable and flexible eBeam PBF process that produces fully dense parts in a wide range of materials — many of which are not compatible with traditional eBeam or laser PBF processes. This includes refractory metals and highly reflective alloys.

new opportunities for application development with a wider and more open choice of metal materials

An open system

The new NeuBeam architecture has been developed as a much more open system than many other metal AM systems. This is intentional to allow for the ongoing development of new processing parameters in a more straightforward way, which promotes innovative application development and optimises material usage. Complete process transparency and control also allow users to continually monitor and optimise their manufacturing processes in real time.