In 2015, Dutch machine manufacturer Additive Industries unveiled its first metal additive manufacturing system at formnext powered by tct with a novel virtual reality experience which toured visitors around this huge, modular machine setup. This year at the Frankfurt event, the VR goggles were no more as the company showcased its mammoth MetalFAB1 machine for the first time.
Designed for series production, this metal powder bed fusion technology can be characterised and expanded to target the most demanding regulated industrial environments such as aerospace, automotive, medical and equipment manufacturing.
Earlier this year the company handed over its first MetalFAB1 to Airbus subsidiary APWorks as part of its beta programme, followed by Kaak Group and United Grinding Group, and now Additive Industries are working on a project with global engineering group, GKN to further reduce cost-per-part in the automotive industry by working together on hardware and materials.
TCT Group Editor, Daniel O'Connor speaks to Daan Kersten, Additive Industries' CEO at formnext 2016.