ORTIC was founded in 1984 as a subsidiary of SSAB. Lars Ingvarsson, a doctor of engineering, was working at the Royal Institute of Technology, and it is his research on internal stresses in the bending of sheet metal that forms the basis for ORTIC's success. The company name ORTIC is the name of the unique software that calculates the design of the rolls and corrects the stresses arising in the material.
Since 1984 ORTIC has supplied expertise and machines for 2D roll forming of sheet metal to customers with very exacting demands for customisation and performance. The rolls are unique, and each machine can consist of several hundred rolls. The machines can be equipped with several interchangeable roll cassettes for the production of more parts.
The first generation of 3D technology was developed when ORTIC's German customer BEMO asked in 2001 for a machine that could fabricate tapered roofing panels for the airport at Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
The 3D technology was developed further when machines were produced to lay the roofs for the Budapest Arena and six Olympic arenas in Athens. In 2004 Lars Ingvarsson and ORTIC, together with the German company Bemo Systems GmbH, received an honorary mention in the awarding of the Swedish Steel Prize.
ORTIC develops an exclusive and unique machine that makes possible a very high-speed fabrication process that can be used for a number of different products, for example lighting columns. The fabrication method based on patented technology in this case enables a unique column design that contributes to improved road safety as the column, despite its strength, is pliable if hit by a vehicle.
ORTIC begins construction of its first 3D demonstrator. ORTIC's patented 3D technology is an innovation in roll forming that has made fabrication with variable cross-sections in curved shapes possible. It is a highly cost-effective, expedient fabrication method and is particularly well suited to forming the high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels that have been used more frequently in recent years.
ORTIC devises a new concept for fabricating 3D profiles for the automotive industry. At the same time, models for FEM simulation have been developed and refined.