Wayland Additive postponed both its virtual and physical launch events scheduled for the January 27 and 28 following a statement from U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The virtual event will now be March 16, 2021, and the physical event will be May 19, 2021, when it is expected there will be a significant degree of relaxation of COVID-19-related restrictions.
Will Richardson, CEO of Wayland Additive, said, “In light of the recent government announcements that have placed the United Kingdom into a third national lockdown, and with travel within the UK and from abroad likely to be severely affected, delaying the physical launch event to a time that should see us better able to operate normally seems the prudent thing to do. As for the virtual event, before Christmas, we were well advanced in producing the creative elements needed for the event with third parties, but now all such activities are impossible to complete safely and in compliance with the new regulations until they are relaxed. It is obviously disappointing to have to delay — both for us as a company and for the many attendees that have registered — but on the other hand we want to ensure that we provide an optimal experience for everyone.”
In preparation for the original events, the team at Wayland Additive has been busy finalizing the Calibur3 machines in the newly refurbished production facility at its Huddersfield, U.K., site and also preparing an array of parts produced using the patented Neubeam metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) process. In between now and the newly scheduled events, information on these parts and other developments will be revealed in more detail with an eye to making sure that the interested base of industrial users remains well informed as to the possibilities that Wayland’s technology opens up.
Peter Hansford, director of business development, said, “In a way, we can make a positive out of a negative now that we have been forced to delay our January events. We will continue to provide information that shows just how advantageous our Neubeam® process is when looking at metal AM applications between now and the events, which will mean attendees are better informed, and will therefore be in a better position to engage with application specific questions at the events. We will of course be able to host individual companies as usual at our premises over the coming weeks in a COVID-secure way, but are determined to make the mass attendance events as comprehensive and useful as possible for all attendees.”
Wayland Additive is promoting innovation in metal AM for production applications, which it achieves with the establishment of its proprietary and innovative NeuBeam® process as the go-to solution for a range of manufacturing applications across various industrial sectors. NeuBeam is a ground-breaking metal AM process that effectively neutralizes the electron beam (eBeam) powder bed fusion (PBF) process to offer greater flexibility than laser-based AM processes while overcoming the stability issues many users of traditional eBeam AM systems experience. In addition, the NeuBeam process enables metallurgical requirements to be tailored to application requirements, rather than the previous limitations of the process, to produce optimum results.
Anyone who has already registered for the events will be contacted. All interested parties are still able to register their interest in attending the newly scheduled virtual and/or physical events online.
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