Jan.23, 2014

Arcam (STO:ARCM), listed on NASDAQ OMX, has received an EBM system order from a major aerospace industry client in the US. The system will be used for aerospace components.

"This new order strengthens our position as a supplier to the aerospace industry. We expect that the aerospace market will continue to grow for us during the coming years", says Magnus René, CEO of Arcam.

Aerospace industry

Arcam provides a cost-efficient Additive Manufacturing solution for production of metal components. In the Arcam EBM process, fully dense metal components are built up, layer-by-layer of metal powder, melted by a powerful electron beam. Each layer is melted to the exact geometry defined by a CAD model.

A common driver throughout the aerospace segment is weight reduction. The EBM process opens up an opportunity to produce light-weight components. In addition for casting the aerospace companies rely heavily on a few dominant suppliers and many times the lead time for design iterations is many months long. The EBM technology is a tool-less production technology allowing design modifications with minimal lead time and cost.

The freedom in design provided by EBM technology enables designers to create completely new and innovative product designs. Components may be optimized with regards to weight reduction or functional aspects such as improved cooling, heating or filtering characteristics.

Implant industry

Also announced this week is an EBM system order from a large Chinese implant manufacturers.

The EBM technology is a cost-efficient production process for both press-fit and cemented implants. It is particularly cost-efficient for volume production of press-fit implants with advanced Trabecular Structures. Solid and porous sections of the implant are built in the same process step, eliminating the need to apply for example plasma sprayed porous materials through expensive secondary processes.

Acetabular cups with integrated Trabecular Structure for improved osseointegration

In addition the technology offers a direct CAD to Metal process that allows production of patient-specific implants using data derived from Computer Tomography (CT). The CT data is used to create an exact CAD model of the desired implant. This model is then used by the EBM machine to build the actual part.

Custom Cranio-Maxillofacial implant

Arcam's market is global with customers mainly in the orthopedic and aerospace industries. The company was founded in 1997 and is listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm, Sweden. Head office and production facilities are located in Mölndal, Sweden. Support offices are located in the US, UK, Italy and China.

Here is an impressive list of orders that Arcam received in 2013:

Feb 2013 - Arcam received an order for an EBM system to North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, USA.

The system, an Arcam EBM S12 model, will be used for advanced prototyping and Low Volume Manufacturing for applications in the fields of aerospace, automotive and life sciences industry.

The system will be installed at NCSU, Department of Industrial Engineering, and the investment is backed by a consortium led by NCSU and involving local industry.

Mar 2013 - Arcam received an order for an Arcam EBM S12 system to Tecnomach s.r.l., one of Italy's largest machine tool distributors.

Tecnomach belongs to the Overmach group, founded in 1978 and operating in the machine tool business in the important industrial area in northern and central Italy. The order for the EBM S12 is part of an agreement between Arcam and Tecnomach which makes Tecnomach exclusive distributor for Arcam products in Italy, the Czech republic and Slovakia.

Jun 2013 - Arcam received an order for an EBM system from CIRA in Italy. The system will be used for research in the field of advanced materials for the aerospace industry.

CIRA (Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali) is a research institute located in Capua just outside Naples. CIRA performs advanced international and national Italian research assignments for the aerospace industry.

Jul 2013 - Arcam received an order for an Arcam Q10 system from Implantcast in Germany. The system will be used for production of orthopedic implants.

Implantcast is an implant manufacturer with head office in Buxtehude, southwest of Hamburg. Implantcast has an extensive range of orthopedic products, with both standard and patient-specific implants.

Jul 2013 - Arcam received an order from a leading car manufacturer. The order is for manufacturing of samples and parts for high performance automotive applications in titanium. The project is for three months and the initial order value is about 700 ksek.

Aug 2013 - Arcam receives two separate EBM system orders from two Chinese clients

Arcam has up to now more than 10 systems installed in Asia and the market is growing quickly.

Sep 2013 - Arcam received an EBM system order from an institute in Asia. The system will be used for aerospace components.

October 2013 - Arcam received another EBM system order from GKN Aerospace in the UK

The system will also be used for aerospace components. Delivery is planned for 2013. "GKN bought their first EBM system late 2012 and they now continue to invest in EBM capacity," said René.

Oct 2013 - Arcam receives three orders for EBM systems from Asia

"These new orders confirm the importance of the Asian market. There is a large interest in Additive Manufacturing in Asia and we now see how several organizations are planning for and executing important investments in Additive Manufacturing. We are very satisfied with our business in Asia, where we already in 2010 established a local support office in China". said Rene.

Oct 2013 - Arcam received an order for an EBM system from a research institute in Europe. The system will be shipped in 2014.

Nov 2013 - Arcam received an order for an EBM system from a major German industrial group. The system will be used for product development and materials R&D.

"This is our fourth order this year from Germany, the manufacturing heart of Europe", says René, CEO of Arcam.

Nov 2013 - Arcam received an order for an EBM system from Poly-Shape in France. Poly-Shape is a contract manufacturer with a comprehensive offering within Additive Manufacturing.

The system will be delivered in 2014.

Dec 2013 - Arcam received an order for an EBM system from a client in the UK. The system will be delivered in 2014.

Dec 2013 - Arcam received an order for an EBM system from an institute in Japan. The system will be used for implants research.

"This is the eight order from Asia this year. Asia now represents some 30% of our order intake, a significant increase from previous years", says Magnus René, CEO of Arcam.

Dec 2013 - Arcam received an order for an EBM system from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. The system will be used for materials and process R&D, and will be delivered in 2014.

"Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg have worked with the EBM technology since 2005, and this is their third system. They are at the cutting edge of fundamental research into powder-based processes in general, and EBM in particular, and their work provides valuable results that help us move the technology forward", says Magnus René, CEO of Arcam.

Low Pressure Turbine blade in γ-titanium aluminide.
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Anja wrote at 1/23/2014 7:02:45 PM:

Thanks jd90, to make it clear.

jd90 wrote at 1/23/2014 4:29:55 PM:

I think the article should have been a little clearer on what EBM meant. You do say it, but in a less direct way. Electron Beam Melting.



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