Additive Industries, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, has delivered one of its MetalFAB1 metal Additive Manufacturing systems to the Sauber F1 Team, Hinwil, Switzerland. Delivery of this first system is part of a three-year technology partnership between Additive Industries and the Sauber F1 Team.
In a delivery ceremony, Additive Industries founders Jonas Wintermans and Daan A J Kersten handed over the industrial Additive Manufacturing system to Axel Kruse, Production Director, and Christoph Hansen, Chief Wind Tunnel Production, at Sauber Motorsport AG.
The Sauber F1 Team has been using plastic-based Additive Manufacturing for over ten years and the installation of this machine continues the expansion of its capabilities into metals. This is said to be the first of two MetalFAB1 systems the team has invested in to allow it to reduce its cycle time in manufacturing parts for its wind tunnel models, F1 race cars and for third-party business.
“In this partnership we will enable the professionals of the Sauber F1 Team to accelerate in the metal Additive Manufacturing domain,” stated Kersten. “We are grateful that in return, we can use the brand new and state-of-the-art production facility of Sauber in Hinwil as a training facility for our European customer base.”
Pascal Picci, Chairman of Sauber Holding AG, added, “This investment marks the transition of the Sauber F1 Team to a broader technology company and is an important part of our long term vision.”