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.