Additive Industries, which makes the MetalFab range of industrial metal 3D printers, has just taken an order for six of its MetalFab1 machines from an unnamed US customer.
This customer, based in California and part of the aerospace industry, already has four MetalFab1 printers so this order will take the total to 10 machines installed by the end of this year, with Additive Industries suggesting that there might be room for further machines to come in 2020!
This customer was able to consolidate approximately 700 kilograms of powder this June with the four MetalFAB1 systems it currently has, and has cost effectively produced parts over 420mm diameter by 400mm tall parts weighing 180 kilograms. This is particularly significant because most industrial metal printers, including the MetalFab1, are used to produce parts that are roughly fist size or smaller in order to maximise their return on investment.
Shane Collins, General Manager for Additive Industries North America, Inc. “This order will bring the North America MetalFAB1 installed base to 17 systems which has been achieved since machine #1 was installed late in 2017. Considering each system has four, 500w lasers, the powder consolidation capabilities would equal roughly 68 single laser systems.”
Daan Kersten, CEO of Additive Industries, added: “The fast growth in North America is partly due to our focus on the aerospace sector and the aeronautics adoption curve for production additive manufacturing. We expect this growth to further accelerate when our customers publicly release their applications and more companies are able to visualize the large, complex parts that can be manufactured on the MetalFAB1 system in titanium, aluminium, steel and nickel based alloys.”
Meanwhile, APWorks, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Premium AEROTEC and part of Airbus, is now working at the new Additive Industries Process & Application Development Center on the aerospace campus in Filton, close to Bristol. The idea is that the APWorks and Additive Industries will continue their collaboration to qualify and certify aerospace parts in nickel based alloys like Inconel 718.
This is particularly significant for Additive Industries as APWorks, which is based at the Airbus headquarters near Munich, was its first customer and extensively beta tested the MetalFab1.
Joachim Zettler, CEO of APWorks, explained “We believe metal additive manufacturing will continue to evolve into a mature fabrication technology and prove to be able to compete with conventional processes like casting, machining and powder metallurgy. In the next years we expect this market to continuously and rapidly grow and especially in the aerospace industry, new airplanes and aero-engines will contain a substantial number of parts that are additively manufactured.”
You can find more information on the MetalFab machines at additiveindustries.com.