Arcam AB’s Q10 electron beam melting (EBM) system is designed specifically for industrial production of orthopedic implants. It was developed in collaboration with implant manufacturers and partly financed by Vinnova, the Swedish government agency that administers state funding for research and development.
Arcam Q10 replaces Arcam A1, which the company says is the current industry standard for additive manufacturing of orthopedic implants. It is said to include several new features for industrial-volume production, including increased productivity, improved accuracy and Arcam LayerQam, a camera-based monitoring system for continuous quality assurance.
The company has signed a strategic cooperation agreement that will make medical device manufacturer DiSanto Technology Inc. of Shelton, Connecticut, the first Arcam Q10 user. DiSanto initially will purchase two EBM systems.