Additive Industries, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, has announced the development of its new flagship model MetalFAB-600 metal Additive Manufacturing machine, which the company plans to officially launch towards the end of 2021.
The new model will offer a build size of 600 x 600 x 1000 mm, said to be one of the largest volumes in the industry, and five times larger in volume than the company’s current MetalFAB1 metal AM machine. The MetalFAB-600 will offer high productivity, with a deposition rate up to 1000 cm$^3$/hour, using ten 1kW lasers, states Additive Industries. It is developed on a platform that reportedly allows further expansion of the build volume and productivity in the future.
According to the company, the new model builds upon the knowledge and experience gained with the MetalFAB1 in robustness and automating key production processes. The automation will focus on powder handling, alignments, and calibrations to ensure the highest possible output. The MetalFAB-600 is designed to achieve the lowest cost per part, targeting the traditional casting and machining industries.
Additive Industries reported that its acting CEO, Mark Vaes, will reassume his role as CTO and manage the MetalFAB-600 development team. Jonas Wintermans, co-founder of the company, will assume the role of acting CEO.
Wintermans commented, “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 (420 x 420), which will be developed even further in terms of simplification and laser power, excels in building long and heavy jobs up to 150 kg 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.”
In order to support Additive Industries’ growth and development, Highlands Beheer, the investment company of the Wintermans family, has reportedly invested and committed a total of $33 million in the company in 2020.