Metal additive manufacturing provider Arcam has set its sights on the booming US market, where demand for metal 3D printing in the aerospace and medical industries in particular has created the perfect opening for the Stockholm, Sweden-based company to set up shop. Arcam’s CEO, Magnus René, will be re-locating to the new Arcam Group office in Woburn, Massachusetts, to temporarily operate and lead this new market expansion.
Arcam is most known for their cost-efficient metal additive manufacturing solutions, and specifically, their Electron Beam Melting (EBM) technology, a process whereby metal powders are melted by a high power electron beam, building up full dense metal components layer by layer. The electron beam is managed by electromagnetic coils, providing extremely fast and accurate beam control and layers that can be melted to the exact geometry defined by a CAD model. EBM technology is available through their Arcam Q10 andQ20 metal 3D printing machines.
Founded in 1997, Arcam has used this metal 3D printing technology to provide innovative solutions in the orthopaedic implant and aerospace industries, providing their EBM systems through Arcam AB in Sweden, as well as powder metals to AP&C in Montreal, Canada, and implant contract manufacturing through DiSanto, located in Connecticut. Arcam in fact acquired both DiSanto and AP&C in 2014.
With this new expansion into the US, Arcam is taking advantage of Woburn’s ideal location. It is conveniently positioned between AP&C in Montreal and DiSanto in Shelton, CT, as well as to various investors located on the east coast. Indeed, Massachusetts and the East Coast in general are a hotbed of industrial 3D printing providers, 3D printing startups, and numerous potential clients. Both 3D Systems and Formlabs, to name just two high profile examples, are located very nearby. And in terms of aerospace development, it certainly doesn’t hurt that NASA and several other major players are practically a stone’s throw away.
“The reason for my relocation is that I will focus more on the US market where options, growth potentials and strategic opportunities are huge. There are several major players in the aerospace and orthopedics industries on the US east coast,” said René. “By operating out of Woburn it will simply become easier for me to act. I also want to work closer to our subsidiaries in Shelton and Montreal to develop our businesses for EBM, powders and contract manufacturing.”
According to the company, their EBM technology offers cost reduction, shorter lead times, and new design possibilities for the aerospace industry, with EMB applications found in “basically all segments, such as commercial and military aircraft, space applications, missiles and various subsystems like engines and accessories.” The Arcam Q20 was designed with a larger build frame in order to accommodate aerospace components such as turbine blades and structural airframe components. In terms of medical implants, Arcam seeks to improve the quality of life of our increasingly aging populations. The ArcamQ10 3D printer system was in fact designed specifically for the industrial production of orthopaedic implants, and they offer standard implants, custom implants, as well as trabecular structures.