Additive Industries has handed over its first industrial 3D metal printing system, the MetalFAB1, to Airbus Group subsidiary, Airbus APWorks. The company will start testing the integrated system and corresponding Additive World software platform for series production of industrial parts for its customers in robotics, mechanical engineering, automotive, medical technology and aerospace.
As part of the MetalFAB1 Beta programme, APWorks will thoroughly evaluate the processes and applications for multiple materials simultaneously to officially validate and certify the process for the most critical parts.
APWorks became became the first company to purchase Additive Industries' machine and become a beta customer. Airbus APWorks concentrates on new production processes and designs for aerospace and its experience in metal additive manufacturing is likely to have provided valuable feedback for the new Dutch machine manufacturer during its beta phase.
“Today we are taking an important leap forward in industrialising metal additive manufacturing technology. This will substantially improve part reproducibility and reduce the total cost of 3D printed parts,” said Joachim Zettler, Managing Director of APWorks. “For Additive Industries this 1st shipment is an important milestone,” adds Daan Kersten, co-founder and CEO of Additive Industries. “Following the smooth installation and successful completion of the site acceptance tests at APWorks, we can now start our beta test phase as a preliminary step to ramping up for series production of the MetalFAB1 system.”