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EBM: High productivity in a powerful beam

Electron beam melting (EBM) technology has the power to help businesses build the next generation of applications, today. Offering high productivity and lower cost per part, EBM is an innovative technology for manufacturing in the orthopedic implant and aerospace industries.

As a proven leader in cost-efficient Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions to produce orthopedic implants and aerospace applications, the electron beam melting process has the power to unleash a new generation of additive innovation. This leading-edge technology, offers your business freedom in design, excellent material properties, and stacking capabilities. When you combine these advantages with the elimination of heat treatment, and wire cutting, your business will see an increase in productivity, when you adopt EBM technology. 


What is Electron Beam Melting?

The EBM process utilizes a high-power electron beam that generates the energy needed for high melting capacity and high productivity. The hot process allows you to produce parts with no residual stress and the vacuum ensures a clean and controlled environment. Watch the video to see the process in action.

The Electron Beam Melting process

The EBM process offers unique characteristics that lead to high productivity and lower cost per part. Explore electron beam melting below.

EBM manufacturing advantages: High productivity and lower cost

We worked with an independent consultant, to evaluate the production costs of EBM compared to several laser machines. Two applications were selected for the study—a bracket for the aerospace industry and a hip cup for the orthopedic industry. Both applications were produced in Titanium (Ti64). The consultant found electron beam melting had a significant cost advantage during manufacture.

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Depending on the characteristics of the part, the production cost per part can be up to 50% lower for EBM.

EBM in the orthopedic industry

EBM technology offers greater freedom of design, through fewer supports, and higher volume builds thanks to tightly stacking parts. A combination that allows for the manufacture of complex and detailed orthopedic implants.

In addition, there are a growing number of CE-certified and FDA-cleared implants produced with the Arcam EBM technology on the market.

EBM in the aerospace industry

Aerospace is an innovative industry—and engineers are always searching for ways to make parts lighter, faster, and more efficient. The EBM process allows you to produce light-weight components with a Buy-to-fly ratio very close to 1. EBM also allows you to additively manufacture with crack prone materials.

Inside Electron Beam Melting

EBM is an innovative technology for manufacturing orthopedic implants and aerospace applications. The electron beam generates the energy needed for high melting capacity and high productivity. Download the EBM technical paper and read more about this unique technology. 

Machine solutions

EBM machines from Arcam EBM create parts quickly and efficiently by utilizing a high-power electron beam for high melting capacity and high productivity.