With its EBM S400, Stratasys Inc. has ushered in a new way of making titanium parts. Producing fully dense parts in Ti6AL4V and Ti6AL4V ELI, the Electron Beam Melting technology eliminates the common barriers to working with titanium. Stratasys is the North American distributor for this unique rapid prototyping device that is manufactured by Arcam AB.
"The high speed electron beam system is the next generation of additive fabrication technology for rapid manufacturing of titanium parts," says CEO Scott Crump. "The machine creates parts comparable to wrought titanium and better than cast titanium, with a 95 percent powder recovery yield, which is unheard of in our industry." The company states that the EBM technology is three to five times faster than comparable laser-based machines. Titanium parts created on the system are accurate, near-net shapes and are HIP treatable. The company also offers cobalt-chrome and has ongoing material development for alloys that include stainless steel. For more information, go to http:// rbi.ims.ca/4933-544.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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