Hand holding metal part in front of computer screen

A design for a biomedical implant, with the completed implant made using the Arcam process.

Arcam

CSIRO has recently established an Arcam additive manufacturing facility, the first in the southern hemisphere, to provide industry with access to advanced electron beam melting technologies for three-dimensional (3D) printing of metals.

  • 9 October 2012 | Updated 31 July 2013
Man with mask removing item from chamber

Removing a biomedical implant from the Arcam chamber

Our services are available to companies worldwide and include:

  • trials of your parts in Arcam
  • assistance in finding and converting the design of existing parts to one optimised for the process
  • prototype parts or tooling with short lead-times and rapid design changes.

The Arcam advanced electron beam melting technologies can be used with metals including titanium, titanium alloys and specialty steel alloys, such as nickel and cobalt chrome.

CSIRO is undertaking additional research projects and trade studies, with the aim of increasing speed, performance and affordability, by using:

  • powder manipulation, to develop low-cost powder input stock
  • external powder bed, to analyse and optimize alternative powders
  • high speed camera analysis, to further understand the science
  • unitisation trade studies, to combine several production components into fewer or one
  • short production run and complex shape trade studies
  • alternative to traditional tooling trade studies.

To view the transcript, watch the Titanium additive manufacturing layer by layer [external link] video on  YouTube.

What is Arcam?

Arcam Electron Beam Melting (EBM) is an additive manufacturing technology that uses an e-beam to melt and fuse metal powders, layer-by-layer, into 3D parts.

The resulting quality is high, as the process is conducted in a vacuum and held at high temperatures during the entire build.

About additive manufacturing

Scientist holding biomedical part in manipulation glove chamber

Recapturing surplus metal powder from the part, for re-use.

Additive technologies and 3D printing offer a solution for businesses engaged in manufacturing. 

It enables “nimble” manufacturing of complex, high-value components. Commercial production requires a staff of skilled in design and engineering. 

CSIRO has identified additive manufacturing as a key opportunity for the manufacturing sector in Australia.

Download CSIRO's additive manufacturing fact sheet.

How may I access the technology?

Make a part with us! 

Email us to register your interest and one of our scientists will contact you to discuss yours concept(s). Arcam uses computer-aided design (CAD) files.

Learn more about CSIRO's Titanium Technologies.