8/9/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

BeAM Machines Establishes U.S. Operations

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The company is collaborating with Fives Machining to serve the U.S. market.


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BeAM Machines, a European manufacturer of metal additive manufacturing machines using laser metal deposition (LMD) technology, has established operations in the United States. The company is working with the support of Fives Machining to serve the U.S. market, and plans to manufacture its large-part metal additive machines at one of Fives’ machine tool facilities in the country.

Tim Bell, a 10-year veteran of additive manufacturing, will serve as general manager and vice president of business development for the U.S. subsidiary. “We believe we have a better additive solution for customers in the aerospace, defense and additive manufacturing markets, and we are looking to advance BeAM as a leader in these markets,” says Bell. “The U.S. market is fairly mature when it comes to additive manufacturing and we believe BeAM’s highly advanced technology will be well received due to its industrial approach and support.”

BeAM, a spin-off of 30-year-old French Laser research center, combines laser metal deposition (LMD) and CNC technology. LMD works by laser melting metallic powder fed through a deposition nozzle to create a layer-by-layer construction with CNC-controlled dimensions. BeAM machines support a range of materials such as stainless steel, titanium, nickel alloys, cobalt chromium and more.

“We aim to accelerate the development of the LMD market and we’re looking to lead LMD industrial machine manufacturers in developing new applications in the field of manufacturing and repair,” says Bell. BeAM machines have the capacity to direct 3D print high-value parts, add functional shapes and/or functions to those parts, as well as perform repairs on parts previously rendered as scrap.