This technical information has been contributed byHEBRON, Ky.— BeAM Machines, Inc., reported to be the first European manufacturer of metal 3D additive manufacturing machines using the laser metal deposition (LMD) technology, has established operations in the United States. The company, which is working with the support of Fives Machining to serve the U.S. market, also plans to manufacture its large-part metal additive machines in the USA.
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BeAM Establishes Operations in the USA
Company eyes US market for LMD and large-part metal additive machines
BeAM machines for the U.S. market will be manufactured at one of Fives’s machine tool facilities located in the United States. Tim Bell, a 10-year veteran of additive manufacturing, will serve as general manager and vice president of business development for the U.S. subsidiary.
“We believe we have a better additive solution for customers in the aerospace, defense, and additive manufacturing markets, and we are looking to advance BeAM as a leader in these markets,” said Bell in a company release. “The U.S. market is fairly mature when it comes to additive manufacturing, and we believe BeAM’s highly advanced technology will be well received due to its industrial approach and support.”
BeAM’s “solution oriented approach” is said to offer “an open invitation for unique and collaborative partnerships with U.S. additive manufacturing centers to advance R&D and the additive manufacturing industry as a whole.”
“We aim to accelerate the development of the LMD market and we’re looking to lead LMD industrial machine manufacturers in developing new applications in the field of manufacturing and repair,” continued Bell.
A spin-off of the 30-year-old French Laser research center, BeAM, is built on laser metal deposition and CNC technology. In laser metal deposition, laser melted metallic powder is fed through a deposition nozzle to create a layer-by-layer construction with perfect CNC-controlled dimensions.
As a general rule, any material that can be laser welded is potentially suitable for use with LMD technology. BeAM machines support a wide range of materials, such as stainless steel, titanium, nickel alloys, and cobalt chromium. The fully integrated BeAM LMD machines are CE-certified, modular, upgradable, and are reported to deliver “high performance through longevity and accuracy in a controlled atmosphere with a secure powder environment.” BeAM machines have the capacity to 3D print high-value parts, add functional shapes and functions to those parts, and perform repairs on parts previously rendered as scrap, using the CLAD® process.
“CLAD revolutionizes the maintenance market in the aerospace and other sectors by drastically reducing the cost and time of repairs,” added Emeric d’Arcimoles, BeAM’s CEO (previous Turbomeca CEO and Chairman of the Paris Air Show exhibition), in the release.
BeAM is well established in the European aeronautics, space and defense fields, and was reported to be the first manufacturer of LMD machines to obtain the highest aeronautical-quality standards certification to repair critical parts. This certification has effectively extended the lifetime of key parts from 10,000 to 60,000 hours, thus saving their clients valuable time and money.
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