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High-quality, high-speed EBM 3D printing by the integration of high-performance electron sources

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "EBMPerform" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Sweden [SE]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙494˙400 €
 EC max contribution 1˙648˙035 € (66%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
2. H2020-EU.2.1.2. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Nanotechnologies)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-2-2014
 Funding Scheme SME-2
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-08-01   to  2019-10-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    ARCAM AB SE (MOLNDAL) coordinator 1˙648˙035.00


 Project objective

Background: Production of high integrity components in Europe must use smart manufacturing methods to be efficient in use of scarce materials and other resources, and must ensure its environmental impact is minimised. Advanced manufacturing techniques, such as metal powder bed 3D printing, can ensure that production of aerospace parts is carried out with resource efficiency. However, such techniques are today struggling with technical and reliability consistency for use in production. Arcam is a Swedish SME who uniquely design and supply electron beam additive manufacturing (EBM) machines. Objective: The aim of this work is to overcome key obstacles concerning future requirements for EBM 3D printing for production of aerospace parts through the integration of two enabling technologies. The work will develop and integrate a novel plasma cathode electron source with an EBM machine focusing on realising the enhanced capabilities of low maintenance, consistent manufacturing performance and higher productivity. Also, development and integration of an array probe device will provide quantified quality assurance of machine manufacturing readiness. The key research challenges will be the design of the electron source and optics and the development of new build procedures making best use of the new source. Expected Results The verified design of a plasma cathode electron source will enable high integrity 3D printing of metal parts. Arcam will supply equipment with this technology to large industrial companies for efficient production of parts. The equipment will enable the wider adoption of EBM leading to efficient use of materials – particularly strategic titanium alloys and nickel based super alloys at first. Increased equipment sales are expected to boost Arcam’s growth over the next 5-10 years leading to faster adoption of 3D printing for large scale production. The results will be disseminated to existing and potential end-user clients in aerospace and other sectors.


List of deliverables.
Initial publication of project Documents, reports 2020-02-12 12:29:59
Medical part verified Documents, reports 2020-02-12 12:29:55
Scientific reports Documents, reports 2020-02-12 12:29:54
Aero parts verified Documents, reports 2020-02-12 12:30:02
Control specification Documents, reports 2019-05-30 12:47:22

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of EBMPerform deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Robert Forslund, Anders Snis and Stig Larsson
A greedy algorithm for optimal heating inpowder-bed-based additive manufacturing
published pages: , ISSN: 2190-5983, DOI:
Journal of Mathematics in Industry 2020-01-29
2018 Robert Forslund, Anders Snis, Stig Larsson
A multi-step optimization scheme for electron beam control
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Calle Hellestam, David Svensson and Jonas Hellgren
Automatic High Power Electron Beam Calibration
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Engineering of advanced material 2019-07-02
2018 Sven Johansson, Björn Löfving, Anders Snis
A new heat model for improved control of build temperature
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