“Forward is the only direction” – Comments on our five years in AM, by AMEXCI CEO, Edvin Resebo
AMEXCI is turning five years and what a journey it has been to this point! Five years ago, we had just gotten access to our facilities. With a team of three, we had to get ready for receiving machines in just a couple of months. But, rewinding the tape even further – how did we come to be? The story has been told numerous times, but it´s worth mentioning again as it is a remarkable initiative between the founding companies behind AMEXCI.
Marcus Wallenberg did gather on the 19th of January 2017, key industrial stakeholders within the Wallenberg sphere to discuss the potential of forming together an AM resource, supporting them to industrialize AM. Less than 11 months from that first meeting AMEXCI was founded which is quite unique given the founding companies. ABB, Atlas Copco, Electrolux, FAM, Husqvarna, Höganäs, Saab, Scania, SKF, Stora Enso, Wärtsilä.
Since then, the company has grown tremendously with regards to the talents coming from all around the world to work in Sweden. Looking at the capacity, the company has grown in terms of availability and knowledge in various AM technologies. We have grown alongside the market going from single laser systems to multi laser systems. In addition, we have inaugurated a world class materials laboratory end of 2019, and a top-notch machining center, all powered by the team.
We´ve also extended our reach in the Nordic Region with the founding of AMEXCI Oy in Tampere, Finland, in September 2021, where we have established a very talented team of three employees operating a full capacity AM lab with state-of-the-art machines.
It is not all rainbows when starting from scratch and we have had to adapt and learn as we go, growing from our successes and from our mistakes. It is a continuous cycle of learning and developing new applications for our customers. Looking back at the technologies as such, where AM stands today compared to 5 years ago a lot of things have happened that have expanded our horizons of what is possible in metal laser powder bed printing. From being able to print metal parts of 400 x 400 x 400 mm with 4 lasers, we now look at parts with sizes up and beyond 1000 x 1000 x 1500 mm with machines operating as many as 12 lasers simultaneously. In other areas we see the emerging of 3D printed electronics, printing of copper and large area printing technologies that holds the promise of more efficient, cheaper, and technically superior applications.
With that being said, we are on a journey where we can´t exactly say what the outcome will be, but we realize that if we do not continue to invest and innovate, we will be on the back burners of our competition. We promise that you will see more of us in the future, and we believe that we still have a few aces up our sleeves so stay tuned for what´s to come! Stay connected via our Newsletter and/or Social Media Channels!