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Manufacturer : SBI
Sectors : Aerospace, Automotive, Industry, Railway

SBI is an Austrian manufacturer of additive manufacturing machines using PAAM technology – Plasma Arc Additive Manufacturing. Designed for the production of high volume parts, these machines allow the rapid production of metal blanks for subsequent machining. 

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SBI and plasma welding

SBI was founded in 1999 and has been working with plasma welding since its inception. Automated solutions for the repair of forging dies, coatings and plasma arc deposition machines have been developed. This experience is now being put to use in a range of additive manufacturing machines, which have been on the market since 2019. The plasma-based technology is called PAAM (Plasma Arc Additive Manufacturing).

The M3DP machine

SBI offers 2 machines including the M3DP SL (Metal 3D Printer Scientific Line). The M3DP SL is a modular machine, compact version of the 3DMP. The build chamber can be inerted to print metals at high temperatures to limit unwanted reactions. The material can be supplied in powder or wire form, or even both to create alloys in situ. The use of plasma as an energy source allows for some of the highest deposition rates in metal additive manufacturing, reaching 10 kg/hr.

Benefits of the technology

In addition to its impressive deposition rate, the Near Net Shape technology has an advantage in terms of economy. The parts produced must be machined after printing (milling, turning, etc.) but to a much lesser degree than machining from a solid substrate (i.e. block, billet, etc.). The labour involved in this post-processing is less expensive than in traditional processes. Any material, which can be joined by fusion welding, can be processed by the M3DP SL. Materials such as titanium, nickel-based alloys, high-alloy steels and aluminium are of great interest because of their high savings potential.

A complete solution

The machines are supplied with specific software for additive manufacturing with SBI machines, which allows for optimal management of the construction. The slicer is used to generate the tool path and the associated welding parameters.

A wide range of accessories facilitate the process and optimise the parameters, leading to a successful construction. For example, cameras for monitoring during the manufacturing process are available. By linking the design parameters to the presence of defects, it is possible to carry out parametric searches.


External characteristics  

Size: 2400 x 3300 x 2300 mm (width – depth – height) 

Mass: 3000 kg 

Printing characteristics 

Manufacturing volume : 400 x 400 x 400 mm 

Power source: plasma torch 

Deposition speed: 0.5 – 10 kg/h 

Materials: Al, Ti, Cr, Fe, Co, Ni, all pure or alloyed 

Simultaneous wire and powder feed possible 

Torch handled by a 3 axis system 

Inerting of the chamber possible (<10ppm O2 possible) 


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DO IT PLASMA ! SBI develop plasma welding equipment from electronics & software to chassis in-house and can therefore optimally exploit all the strengths of this technology for our products and applications. SBI presentation

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