Sweden’s Arcam AB has announced that its latest Q10plus Electron Beam Melting (EBM) Additive Manufacturing system can now process Cobalt Chrome (CoCr) metal powders. The company will be displaying the Q10plus at the formnext exhibition in Frankfurt, November 15-18, 2016.
CoCr is, together with titanium, the prime material for the orthopaedic industry and it is also a commonly used material in the aerospace industry. The availability of CoCr on the Arcam Q10plus system will now allow users in the orthopaedic market to take full advantage of the production capabilities of Arcam’s EBM technology.
Arcam states that its CoCr process provides parts with high resolution, production level productivity and impeccable material properties. The company added that the process has also been supported by an animal study undertaken at Gothenburg University, showing bone interaction with CoCr. Parts made by the new process will also be on display at Arcam’s exhibition stand in Hall 3/F20.
The newly released Arcam Q10plus is the latest iteration of Arcam’s EBM technology. The system offers a range of key features including the company’s xQam™ X-ray based detection system for automatic calibration and improved beam control, along with its new EBM Control 5.0 software platform to add functionality for more efficient and accurate beam control as well as new melt strategies, improving build speed and precision.