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Chervona Hvilya Showcases xBeam Metal 3D Printing System

3D Printing Industry reports on a recent 3D printing showcase, which occurred last month at RAPID + TCT in Detroit.  Apparently, Chervona Hvilya, a Ukrainian manufacturer known for Electron Beam Melting (EBM) equipment, “showcased its latest metal additive manufacturing technology.”

This technology, which the company has dubbed ‘xBeam’ “utilizes a hollow conical electron beam as the heating source and a coaxial supply of feedstock wire to produce quality metal 3D printed parts at a fast production rate. The UK research and technology organization TWI was the first to order an xBeam system, the xBeam-18/I metal 3D printer.”

As TWI’s Senior Project Leader Dr. Sofia Del Pozo explains: “the xBeam system and its unique features, which allow the feeding of the wire coaxially, will give us the opportunity to explore a great number of possibilities for 3D printing parts with wire.  The system will offer a high level of flexibility along with precise process control. We are really excited about being the first ones to develop the xBeam coaxial system to produce meter scale parts for the aerospace sector.”

Indeed, TWI “is working with Chervona Hvilya among others, to develop specialized software for CAD/CAM control interfacing across the range of OAAM EBM technologies, such as xBeam.”

As for these two companies’ plans for the future, “upon the arrival of the xBeam system at TWI’s Cambridge facility in the autumn of this year, the partners will seek to advance the capabilities of electron beam wire and laser-powder/laser-wire processes.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of 3D Printing Industry

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