Since it was a young Eindhoven-based company, Additive Industries has come a long way. Funded in part by the Dutch Government, seeking to make 3D printing as accessible, reliable, and affordable as possible, the MetalFAB machine was presented at Rapid 2015 in Long Beach California. The company also showed a short introductory video to reveal some of the features of the MetalFAB1, including multiple lasers, automated build plate handling, and controlled recoating.

“Our system will bring a substantial improvement in reproducibility, productivity and flexibility as a result of our quest to design an industrial grade metal printing process,” said Daan Kersten, CEO of Additive Industries.

The company always intended to market the system to demanding markets like aerospace, defense, medical, high-tech equipment, tooling, and automotive and, to do so, it has focused the development process on guaranteeing high reproducibility of results. This is achieved through a solid machine design in combination with continuous, automated calibration. Predictability is achieved by combining simulation and in-process quality monitoring of the core additive manufacturing process. The system also promises greater stability, less manual labor, and, thus, greater safety.

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The MetalFAB has been developed with an open and modular architecture, meaning that it can be used with several different materials and that new modules can be added to allow the use of multiple materials in one machine, without having to clean the powder system and running the risk of cross-contamination. It was developed by a team of experienced engineers with backgrounds in 3D printing and high-tech equipment development including semiconductor lithography, electron microscopy, and medical scanning systems.