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Strengthening the Resources and Equipment in EWI’s Additive Manufacturing Labs

June 17, 2024

Providing additive technology support services to manufacturers, fabricators, and industrial repair centers is a priority at EWI. We recently shared some of our expanded AM offerings to customers in a blog post. In addition, we have added new systems and upgraded equipment in our labs to meet the needs of our clients. Here are some of our latest acquisitions and enhancements:

  • Cold Spray
    Our VRC Raptor booth has both an application heater and a high-power 16-kW laser, thus offering two ways to move away from using helium as a propellant in cold spray. This should enable us to spray harder materials using lower cost nitrogen.  Currently, we are evaluating the pros and cons of both methods. In addition, the booth will soon be upgraded with new laser-safe features, a camera system, and expanded control capabilities via a Fanuc pendant. Our WarpSPEE3D, deployed in 2022, has been recently augmented with a phaser nozzle designed for high-hardness materials. This new feature enables the production of high-mix, low-volume industrial products at rapid speeds.
  • Electron-beam Powder Bed Fusion
    Recently installed and fully commissioned, our Wayland Calibur3 EB-PBF system enables builds with high-temperature, crack-prone materials and offers the ability to create thinner structures and internal channels than has previously been possible.

  • Laser Powder Bed Fusion
    The AM team has retrofitted our EOS M290 L-PBF machine with a solution for processing O2-sensitive materials, a task that the system initially could not handle. The EWI-created open architecture L-PBF system has been augmented with a 3-kW laser and optics train to explore the possibilities of higher productivity.

Are you interested in taking advantage of these AM system upgrades? Contact Howie Marotto, AM Business Director, at [email protected].