Arcam AB was founded in 1997. The first production model was launched in 2002.
Already in 1993, an application was filed for a patent describing the principle of melting electrically conductive powder, layer by layer, with an electric beam, for manufacturing three-dimensional bodies.
The initial development work was made in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. In 1997 Arcam AB was founded and the company continued the development on its own, with the objective to further develop and commercialize the fundamental idea behind the patent.
2002 became a turning point in the history of Arcam. With two units installed at clients, the technology was finally ready for commercialization. The first production model, the EBM S12, was launched at EuroMold in Frankfurt at the end of 2002.
In 2007 Arcam passed a very important milestone for the orthopedic implant industry. Adler Ortho Group, the Italian manufacturer of orthopedic implants, launched the CE-certified hip implant Fixa Ti-Por on the European market. Numerous CE-certified and FDA approved implants manufactured with the EBM technology have been launched after this breakthrough.
In 2007 Arcam also released the next production model, the larger Arcam A2, primarily for production of larger structural parts for the aerospace industry.
In 2009 Arcam released the Arcam A1, specifically developed for volume production of orthopedic implants. The same year Arcam also released the Arcam A2X, offering a build chamber more suitable for processing high temperature materials and a slightly larger build envelope.
In 2012 Arcam released the Arcam A2XX, offering the largest build envelope so far on the EBM platform.
Arcam today has installations throughout the world, predominantly used in aerospace and implant applications. The EBM technology is patent-protected worldwide.