With its very novel approach to displaying its machinery at formnext powered by tct - using VR headsets - Additive Industries has been making waves across the 3D printing industry. Its idea for the additve manufacture of series production metal parts gets further credence today as it announces the Airbus subsidiary, Airbus APWorks as one of its early customers.
Airbus APWorks has become the first company to purchase Additve Industries' MetalFAB1 machine and become a beta customer. Airbus APWorks concentrates on new production processes and designs for aerospace and its experience in metal additive manufacutring is likely to provide valuable feedback for the new Dutch machine manufacturer.
Airbus APWorks cover the entire value chain, from optimizing component design to the choice of suitable materials, from prototyping to qualified serial production. Airbus APWorks supplies demanding customers in robotics, mechanical engineering, automotive, medical technology and aerospace.
‘We are proud to team up with Airbus as our first customer to further develop the process, new materials and applications as well as verifying the performance of the MetalFAB1 system. Their commitment emphasizes the potential of our new metal additive manufacturing system for industrial series production of functional parts’, said Daan Kersten, co-founder and CEO of Additive Industries.
‘With the integrated MetalFAB1 solution, we believe to be able to simultaneously improve the product consistency and lower the cost price for metal additive manufacturing’, adds Joachim Zettler, Managing Director of Airbus APWorks.
As the prominent metal 3D printer manufacturers enter the race to become a production ready technology getting a company like Airbus APWorks on board early may prove a valuable coup for Additive Industries.