Wayland Additive, manufacturer of E-BEAM 3D printers, announces increased production – 3DPrint.com

Wayland Additive, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of metal additive manufacturing (AM) platforms, announced that so far in 2022 the company has successfully ramped up production as planned. This includes Wayland’s first delivery last month of its flagship Calibur3 machine, which it sold early last year to Canadian energy engineering consultancy, Exergy Solutions.

The Calibur3 depends on Wayland’s proprietary NeuBeam technology, a form of electron beam fusion (EBM) AM. The main advantage of Wayland’s EBM over competitors is that the former only heats the powder being printed, rather than the entire powder bed. This avoids the manufacturing process resulting in a “sinter cake” with the printed part itself, thus greatly simplifying the post-processing phase.

Wayland has grown in terms of workforce and operating space this year, increasing its staff to match its growing headquarters. The latter includes a new production plant, as well as secure land for a future R+D center.

In a press release regarding the company’s progress in 2022 and its optimism for 2023, Wayland Additive CEO Will Richardson said, “The new production facilities have been commissioned to fulfill orders for Calibur3 that the company obtained. The greatly expanded space supports a production line and will ensure all orders are met. Peter Hansford, Business Development Manager at Wayland, explained: “Calibur3 operates in temperature ranges that many in this industry are unfamiliar with. This means we can process a much wider range of metallic materials – including high carbon steels – with much faster development times, which is a huge benefit for our customers.

The fact that NeuBeam technology facilitates much faster development times for metallic materials is one of Wayland’s most often touted selling points. According to the company, the speed advantages of NeuBeam allow the Calibur3 to qualify metallic materials in as little as six months, four times faster than the typical two years required for SLS applications.

In a recent company profile carried out by TCTMagazine, Wayland affirmed its intention to build six more Calibur3 machines over the rest of the year, in addition to the three the company has already built, and another that the company plans to install in engineering. EWI’s Buffalo Manufacturing Works plant. EWI and Wayland are partnering to identify government and commercial projects in the United States that could use Calbur3.

Next year Wayland plans to manufacture 12 Calibur3 platforms and in total claims to have order books totaling around £50m (currently around $57m). The company considers medical, oil and gas, power generation, and military all strong potential customer bases, which is generally consistent with metal additive manufacturing applications at all levels.

As the metal AM market continues to grow, it will be interesting to see how things pan out in the UK. In particular, as I mentioned earlier, I think it is worth following any business relationships that may emerge centered on the connections between metal additive manufacturing markets in the UK and the North East of the United Kingdom. United States. Given the fallout from Brexit, combined with the increasingly precarious situation on the European continent, it seems inevitable that the UK will continue to become increasingly dependent on the US as a trading partner. Other than that, the military/intelligence relationship between the two nations – partnerships at the head of NATO and the Five Eyes – only adds to the logic of the idea that the respective AM sectors of the two nations forge close ties.

Images courtesy of Wayland Additive

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