WAYLAND ADDITIVE SHOWCASES NEXT GENERATION METAL AM AT FORMNEXT
Wayland Additive will be a prominent exhibitor on booth B139 in Hall 12 at Formnext, Frankfurt, Germany 16-19 November, as it presents its Calibur3 metal AM technology at a high profile industrial B2B event for the first time.
Wayland’s Calibur3 (featuring the NeuBeam process) moved from R&D to commercial availability early in 2021, and the company has already sold it first machine to Exergy Solutions in Canada and has a robust pipeline of high calibre prospects. CEO Will Richardson is, however, excited to take the technology to the well qualified and substantial Formnext audience.
“We curated the launch of our Calibur3 system via a well-attended virtual event in March this year, which we followed up with a highly choreographed open day on site at our HQ in Huddersfield as we navigated the tight pandemic restrictions that were in place at the time. Being able to invite key professionals looking to assess the nature of our novel metal AM technology to come and meet us, see the Calibur3 machine, and see the parts we are making using the NeuBean process at Formnext feels overdue and hugely exciting. There is nothing like having the time to discuss specific customer applications face-to-face, and to get under the skin of particular industrial requirements for metal AM. We have set up a meeting booking form where attendees can book a meeting slot with one of our team, and we look forward to discussing just what Wayland can bring to the table when it comes to the cost-effective production of metal AM products hitherto impossible to manufacture.”
NeuBeam introduces a step-change in performance and capability compared with existing metal AM machines on the market today. This is not a me-too, copy-cat process, NeuBeam being an entirely new, ground-breaking powder bed fusion (PBF) process that offers the opportunity to 3D print metal parts that cannot be produced today, due to current metal AM process limitations. The potential for new applications is greatly increased, because NeuBeam offers the opportunity to use a much wider range of metal materials. NeuBeam also enables the production of large parts without having to worry about residual stress or gas cross flow and without having to pre-sinter the powder bed. The printable area of the first version of the Calibur3 system is 300 x 300 x 450 mm.
NeuBeam offers substantially reduced energy consumption and print times, and a simplified powder removal process and significantly less post-processing are ensured with NeuBeam compared with existing EBM processes. The ability to produce fully dense parts in a wide range of metal materials is crucial, and the process introduces a built-in, real-time in-process monitoring control system producing a truly industrial and stable production platform.
Richardson continues, “The Calibur3 system featuring the NeuBeam process offers a true 3rd way that sits between SLM & EBM systems, and provides a leap forward compared with any existing alternatives. In addition, Calibur3 promotes innovation, which should be key to any advancement in technology. And because it overcomes the compromises that most companies have to contend with when using metal AM, they can now revisit applications that were previously seen as troublesome or impossible and/or begin development projects with a clearer view of the process and more room to operate in. NeuBeam is a metal AM process that saves both time and money from end-to-end, one that can benefit commercial objectives through true production partnerships which we look forward to forging at Formnext.”
A number of the Wayland Additive team will be available on stand B139 in Hall 12 to meet visitors, introduce them to Calibur3 — which will be on the show floor — and discuss any metal AM application requirements.