BeAM Magic Machine
One of BeAM's Magic machines developed to repair big metallic parts in 5 continuous axes.
Their ‘Magic’ machine already produces qualified parts for its partner, Chromalloy, while BeAM will also showcase the Modulo, which will be available in June 2017.
BeAM have been heavily involved in the additive manufacturing industry since its establishment in 2012. Working with Chromalloy, a leading supplier of technologically advanced repairs, coatings and services for turbine airfoils and other critical engine components, BeAM have launched their first two devices: Mobile and Magic 1.0.
These machines have already been widely sold and delivered to several customers around the world. Following customer feedback on the Mobile and Magic 1.0, beam integrated their critiques and designed two new models. The Magic 2.0, a revamp of the first edition, and the Modulo, a new machine that completes its product range. The Modulo machine shows BeAM’s strategy to consistently stay a step ahead by cultivating its technical edge and will be delivered in June 2017.
BeAM have adopted an open innovation policy, which involves clients and several partner research centres, enabling it to enhance its range in the additive manufacturing market.
“Our philosophy at BeAM is not to integrate the DED processes in existing machines and then ask our customers to adapt to the limits of technology,” said Emeric d’Arcimoles, President of BeAM. “On the contrary, we develop customised machines which harness the potential of our processes, nozzle and software. This is what allows us to innovate continuously with our R&D ecosystem. Our machines are constantly evolving to meet more industrial applications opportunities and this is what the market expects.”
Chromalloy, BeAM’s partner of three years, will also be in the French company’s booth at formnext next week. Their partnership helped develop repairs of Pratt & Whitney turbines, which remain the highest level of criticality in production with additive manufacturing in aeronautics, as well as develop the Mobile, Magic and Modular machines.
At formnext, five parts of rotary joints in Ti6242, Inconel 718, Waspaloy and a Stator Vane in Inconel 713 will be presented. These parts went from a 10,000-hour lifetime to a 50,000-hour lifetime thanks to four repair cycles made possible by the BeAM technology.
Formnext will also provide BeAM an opportunity to highlight some of their key milestones achieved in 2016. These include winning two awards, opening a US subsidiary and appointing d’Armicoles, formerly of Safran, as their CEO.
“Formnext is a key gathering of metal printing industry players, so this is a major event for BeAM,” added d’Armicoles. “The sector has been enjoying dramatic growth. BeAM has a technological edge over its rivals in the manufacture of additive machines based on LMD-technology. We fully intend to remain ahead and become the world leader in the field.”