AI to develop new MetalFab 3D printer

Additive Industries has announced a new 3D metal printer, the MetalFab-600, which is essentially a larger version of its existing MetalFab1 and will use the same laser-based powder bed fusion approach

Additive Industries is developing this MetalFab 600 metal 3D printer.

The new model will have a build size of 600 x 600mm and 1000 mm Z-height, which is roughly 5x larger than the current MetalFab1 at 420 x 420 x 400mm. Naturally the new printer will benefit from all the automation features that the company developed for the MetalFab1, and in particular around the powder handling, alignments, and calibrations. The company claims that the MetalFab-600 will be highly productive with a deposition rate up to 1000cc/hour, using 10x1kW lasers. This is a big part of the MetalFab-600’s design goal, to achieve the lowest cost per part for its target market of the traditional casting and machining industry.

In addition, Additive Industries says that the platform it is being developed on should allow for further expansion of the build volume and productivity in the future.

Meanwhile, Jonas Wintermans, who co-founded the company will take over as acting CEO, while Mark Vaes, who had been acting CEO since Daan Kersten left at the end of June 2020, will return to his former role as CTO. 

Wintermans explained: “Right now it is crucial for Additive Industries to develop and innovate. The new MetalFab-600 project is very relevant for our customers and therefore important for Additive Industries. A larger build volume opens doors to more applications and more productivity. Larger build jobs also mean a need for higher laser power and maximum robustness, because users want their parts to reach the finish line when printing multiple day jobs.”

He added: “The existing MetalFab1 which will be developed even further in terms of simplification and laser power, excels in building long and heavy jobs up to 150kg parts. Its new sibling, the MetalFab-600 should build on that knowledge. We have an excellent team in place, led by Mark, and are confident to be able to enrich our industry with this new model, as well as with our current portfolio.”

At the same time, Highlands Beheer, the investment company of the Wintermans family, has invested and committed a total of $33 million/ €28 million this year, to help support further growth.The MetalFab-600 should be available by the end of 2021. You can find more details from additiveindustries.com.


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