From the not-so-distant past, additive production (AM) was frequently viewed only as a vehicle for quick prototyping. The continuing evolution of this technology rapidly changed that notion, especially once metal printing procedures hit the scene. In under a decade, metal printing has gone from curiosity to an essential part of the aerospace market.
Arcam is again targeting this particular industry with the launch of its new Arcam Q20plus. The new system is an upgrade to the previous Arcam Q20 which premiered in 2013. Both the old method and the new construct components utilizing Arcam’s electron beam melting (EBM) process, which uses an electron beam to melt powdered metal at high temperatures within a vacuum.
The Arcam Q20plus has been developed particularly for aerospace production. The Arcam Q20plus has been developed specifically for aerospace manufacturing. Courtesy of Arcam.
“Together with the Arcam Q series-plus we sharpen our offering to our main markets, the implant industry and the aerospace sector,” said Magnus René, CEO of Arcam. “With the coming of the innovative Arcam xQam technology, Arcam strengthens its commitment being in the technological forefront within industrial additive manufacturing.”
According to René, the Arcam Q20plus offers new quality control measures, including Arcam LayerQam and Arcam xQam. LayerQam offers in-situ process tracking and validation by monitoring every layer of a construct, while Arcam xQam uses X-ray tracking for auto-calibration and beam controller. Arcam’s most current offering also comes packed with updated software which, according to the company, aids the system to improve productivity by 15%.
Technical data for your Arcam Q20plus includes the following:
Construct size: 350 x 380 mm
Column diameter” 140 μm
Size: approximately 2300 x 1300 x 2600 mm (W x D x H)
Arcam asserts its new system is so effective it has reached a near 1:1 ratio of materials used to final part weight. Reducing waste to virtually nothing provides obvious savings for a business that is built on expensive materials. An increased ability to construct components from milder, but expensive materials such as titanium, brings with it a decrease in overall weight, and a corresponding savings in fuel consumption.
Below you’ll find a short video that presents objects constructed utilizing Arcam’s EBM procedure.