R&D Center for 3D Printing of Metallic Components
R&D Center for 3D Printing of Metallic Components (Additive Layer Manufacturing of Metal Parts by EBM)
The technology of 3D printing of metal components is so innovative and revolutionary on a global scale that it is known as the “third industrial revolution”. This technology enables the production of components with high geometrical intricacies, eliminating the need for complicated and tailor-made machining processes for every part (no tooling).
Recently, the Israel Institute of Metals (IIM) at Technion has acquired with the assistance of the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) at the ministry of economy, a 3D printing system designed for metal components. The system was manufactured by ARCAM Company and it is based on the melting of metal powder particles by an electron beam (EBM). The system is designed to work with a wide range of alloys such as aluminum, titanium, steels, dental alloys, super-alloys, refractory alloys (up to 3400°C), amorphous alloys and many more. The transition from one alloy to another is relatively easy and requires only a simple cleaning of the system.
Due to its ability to work with a wide range of alloys, the system is able to serve a wide range of industrial companies and technologies. Among the various potential uses, one can find medicinal and dental technologies, development of capabilities to produce components having very small dimensions or very elaborate and intricate geometry for advanced industries, production of components designed to operate at high temperatures, production of bulk amorphous alloys, and many other high-end technologies.
The IIM which enjoys a great exposure to the Israeli industry has taken it upon itself to lead and implement this innovative technology in Israel. The establishment of this center at the IIM will assist in advancing the industry in the country by addressing current and future needs and encouraging companies to replace old technologies with new and advanced ones.