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arcam's electronic beam melting technology results in faster
production and stronger 3-d printed parts. by tim o'connor
arcam ab specializes in 3-d
printing and manufacturing
for orthopedic implants
such as femoral stems.
One of the best signs that an
emerging company is on the right path
is when the bigger players in the industry take notice. Such was the case
when General Electric announced an
agreement in November to acquire
76.15 percent of the total outstanding
shares of Arcam AB, a Swedish company credited with inventing electron
beam melting machines used in met-
al-based additive manufacturing. The
agreement made GE Arcam's largest
shareholder and gives Arcam access to
many of the larger company's resources, although it will continue to operate
as an independent company.
"We will be partnering with GE to
improve Arcam's standing in the industry, help improve time-to-market
for the products and industrialization
of products," Chief Marketing Officer
Bruce Bradshaw says.
Arcam began in 1997 as a Swedish
engineering company developing
electron beam melting (EBM) technology for 3-D printing. With the help
of research institutions and universities, Arcam proved how the technology could aid additive manufacturing
by using electromagnetic coils to pro-
Arcam AB / www.Arcam.com / Revenue: $63 million / Headquarters: Mölndal, Sweden / Employees: 300 / Specialty: Additive manufacturing /
Bruce Bradshaw, CMO: "Without our technology, the future of a Boeing 777 with some of the GE engines simply wouldn't fly."
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