AWL-Techniek B.V., a specialist in automated joining solutions headquartered in Harderwijk, the Netherlands, has installed a Desktop Metal Studio System+ metal Additive Manufacturing machine from Desktop Metal, Burlington, Massachusetts, USA. According to AWL-Techniek, the Studio System+ is the first to be installed in the Benelux Union and one of the first in Europe.
Luuk Nollet, Development Engineer at AWL, stated, “For this system, it is not required to handle dangerous metal powders and requirements to the facilities are limited. At the same time, the system delivers high quality parts and the technology offers a future promise of scalability to high production levels. Looking to the long term future we expect that 3D printing technologies will become part of our machines and services to our customers. Developing the competence and experience in this field will help us to prepare.”
“The 3D metal printer provides unprecedented new possibilities,” commented Wouter Zweers, Technology Manager at AWL. “Especially the freedom in design and the short period of time from idea to product are essential for AWL. We see a great future in additive production of metal parts, this is an important reason for this investment. It allows us to provide our customers with quick and reliable solutions. We see great opportunities in applications such as robot grippers and welding fixtures, as well as in support of our R&D activities.”