Isak Elfström, vice president, research at Arcam EBM.
Isak Elfström, vice president, research at Arcam EBM.

Additive manufacturing (AM) company Arcam says that it plans to open its electron beam melting (EBM) A2X machine’s development mode at no cost to universities and academic institutes for material and EBM process development.

‘For many years, EBM and the Arcam A2X has been a go-to system for academic researchers in materials science,’ said Isak Elfström, vice president of research. ‘We enjoy a close working relationship with the academic community and the twenty universities and institutes currently using it. One thing we hear regularly is that faculty and students are hungry to push the boundaries of their field and fulfil the potential of additive.’

Academic organizations that are currently using the A2X can contact the company now to request a hardware key that is connected to a specific machine and a nominated person.  Following review and an assessment of training needs, a key will be delivered in November 2018 to unlock the development setting on the system. The key will allow researchers to access a wider range of parameters and enable the development of new materials and processes. 

The A2X is designed to process titanium alloys as well as materials that require high process temperatures, such as  titanium aluminide, Alloy 718 and refractory metals, which makes it suited for materials R&D. It is currently installed in 13 universities and seven institutes in North America, Europe and Asia, Arcam says.

This story is reprinted from material from Arcam, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.