Wayland Additive is commercially launching its first production system — Calibur3 — on January 27 and registration is open for both the physical and virtual events.
Wayland’s NeuBeam process — encapsulated in the Calibur3 System — eliminates many of the compromises that users of metal AM processes have had to make to date both for part development and in full production. NeuBeam overcomes the inherent instabilities of traditional eBeam processes and the internal residual stresses typically associated with laser powder bed fusion (PBF) processes to offer a truly stable and flexible process. NeuBeam also exhibits unrivalled metallurgy capabilities and can process a much wider range of metal materials, including reflective metals.
Designed specifically for production applications, the Calibur 3 incorporates fully embedded in-process monitoring capabilities that provide full oversight during every build and ensures full traceability for every part.
Will Richardson, Wayland Additive CEO, said, “After the months and years of research and development into our NeuBeam technology and the creation of the Calibur3 system, it is extremely exciting to move to commercial launch status. We believe that launch of this technology marks a seminal moment for metal additive manufacturing in industrial production scenarios. It is a true blue-ocean technology that will change forever the perceptions and use of metal additive manufacturing moving forward. We will be running two launch events, a physical event to which attendees are invited to attend at our premises in Huddersfield to hear about and look at our technology January 27, and a live virtual event on the January 28 for those unable to attend in person.”
The physical event on January 27 will be curated in a way that ensures COVID 19 safety measures are taken. This will not be a mass event for a large group of people, but attendees will choose a time slot during the day, and small groups of four or five at a time will be walked through the event to ensure that social distancing can be maintained at all times. This will also allow for a customized experience, allowing for discussion of specific points or applications appropriate to individual requirements. The virtual event on January 28 will be full of interactive and video-based elements to make the experience as close to being on-site as possible.
Peter Hansford, director of business development at Wayland, said, “We are delighted that we already have a number of early registrants for the physical event, but realize that not everyone will be able or willing to travel until the COVID 19 situation has become more positive. Whichever event attendees opt for, they will be treated to an in-depth view of the rationale behind the launch of the Calibur3, how it works, and what it means for customers as we present a way to overcome many of the pitfalls associated with alternative metal AM solutions. In addition, attendees will be shown the new machine, and gain a visual insight into the working of the technology.
The NeuBeam process is capable of producing fully dense parts in a wide range of materials, many of which are not compatible with traditional eBeam or laser PBF processes such as refractory metals and highly reflective alloys. As a result, the process can demonstrate vastly improved metallurgy, without many of the compromises that existing metal AM processes necessitate.
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