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Arcam Introduces the Arcam A2 Rapid Manufacturing System

Arcam : 13 June, 2007  (New Product)
Arcam has introduced the Arcam A2, a Rapid Manufacturing system based on Electron Beam Melting, producing solid metal parts larger and faster than other metal additive fabrication methods.
Arcam celebrates its 10-year anniversary by launching the Arcam A2 for Rapid Manufacturing in metal, with a significantly increased build capacity. The new Arcam A2 features a choice of two build tanks, enabling the production of 75% larger builds than the present Arcam EBM S12.

- This is the most significant new feature, but there are many important enhancements improving performance and productivity, says Ulf Lindhe, Sales and Marketing Manager at Arcam

The Arcam A2 was designed for Rapid Manufacturing and is delivered with two build Tanks allowing the user to choose between wide and high builds. Depending on build tank selected the build envelope is either 200 x 200 x 350 mm or a diameter of 300 mm with a height of 200 mm. The Arcam A2 features a completely new power supply, enabling improved beam control and a more advanced heat model to increase build speed and precision. A new software is also introduced, with new features such as automatic calibration, for enhanced accuracy.

The President of Arcam, Magnus René, is enthusiastic about the new A2.

- Arcam has made significant headway last year within the market for Medical Implants where we sold systems for implant manufacturing. The systems are in use for series production of standard implants enhanced with new features that can be realized only by using Rapid Manufacturing, as well as for customized implants. With the new Arcam A2 we target the aerospace market, racing and general industry with a machine fulfilling these industries' need for production of larger components.

Arcam currently offers Ti6Al4V, Ti6Al4V ELI and ASTM F75 CoCr. The Electron Beam Melting process is fast and material properties are comparable to wrought metal.

- With the capability to produce titanium components with material properties better than cast titanium, the Arcam A2 is a viable alternative for manufacturing components in modern aircraft, says Ulf Lindhe.
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