JEOL, the noted optical equipment manufacturer based in Japan, is gearing up to launch its JAM-5200EBM 3D Printer for the very first time in the USA. The machine makes use of technology that comes from the company’s electron beam lithography and microscope systems. As per the company, the machine fuses reproducibility with superior quality of parts, ensuring high volume production throughout business sectors including industrial energy, aerospace, automotive and even the medical sector.
The company will also be showcasing its EBM or electron beam melting equipment at the RAPID+TCT show in Detroit’s Huntington Place from the 17th to the 19th of May this year. JEOL has been a renowned manufacturer of scientific equipment, having been founded in the year 1949. The company offers scanning and transmission electron microscopes in tandem with instruments for magnetic resonance, surface analysis, ion beam application, mass spectrometers, X-ray fluorescence spectrometers, etc. JOEL ventured into additive production after developing its powder-bed fusion technologies which were only for the JAM- 5200EBM. The company has already stated that this will greatly contribute towards lowering costs while lowering weight considerably.
The printer measures 250mm in terms of its cylindrical build volume as termed by the company multiplied by a 6 kW electron beam and 400mm, ensuring that customers can print with even titanium and other metals like copper. It also comes with the heating capabilities of 1100°C in the build chamber, in case of alloys with higher temperatures. The cathode lasts long and the vacuum tech ensures more than 1,500 hours of service life. Helium gas is also unnecessary for the build chamber and there is rather the e-Shield powder dispersal prevention system used by the machine in question. There is an automated adjustment function for the electron beam which helps in fine-tuning focus and viewing the shape of the beam
midway through the build. Remote build tracking is another helpful feature.