Yenra : Manufacturing : CAD to Metal Rapid Manufacturing : Titanium powder transformed into solid metal parts for either functional prototyping or end-use

Rapid Metal Manufacturing

Stratasys has become the exclusive North American distributor of Arcam rapid manufacturing and prototyping systems.

In Arcam's patented electron-beam melting process, called CAD to Metal, titanium powder is transformed into solid metal parts for either functional prototyping or end-use. The process is currently used in aerospace, automobile, and medical implants.

"This agreement launches Stratasys into metal-powder systems and closes the gap so that it can now go head-to-head with almost anyone in the world of additive fabrication technology," said consultant Terry Wohlers.

"Our products range from entry-level 3D printers through systems offering high speed and resolution to high-productivity systems that build strong, accurate plastic parts," said Stratasys CEO Scott Crump. "And now we offer the ultimate in rapid manufacturing and prototyping: the EBM direct metal process. The electron-beam melting process is five times more efficient than competitive laser-based metal-fabrication processes."

Stratasys makes rapid manufacturing and prototyping systems and 3D printers.

Arcam makes rapid-manufacturing and prototyping equipment for direct manufacturing of parts or functional prototypes in metal.