Ulric Ljungblad is the CEO of the Swedish scale-up company Freemelt. He is one of the co-founders of the company and he was the CTO in the company until the first AM system designed by Freemelt was installed at customer site in early 2019. At that point he took the position as CEO and has been acting in that role during the expansion of the company. As CEO he has managed the company through investment rounds followed by a listing on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market during 2021 and most recently with Freemelt’s launch of its product on the American market with sales of the first two systems in the US in late 2021.
Ulric has a PhD in physics from Gothenburg University in particle beams and laser spectroscopy. After his PhD he joined the company Micronic Laser Systems making mask writer systems for flat panel displays and semiconductor applications. At Micronic he was first acting as systems installation project manager at customer sites and later as project manager for large technology development projects. After 10 years at Micronic, Ulric moved on to join Arcam in 2006. Ulric worked for 10 years at Arcam in different roles in the R&D department during development of several of Arcam’s EBM-systems. In 2017 Ulric left Arcam and Founded Freemelt together with six other experts on electron beam additive manufacturing. Ulric is the inventor behind several patents both in mask writing and electron beam powder bed fusion.