JPB Système, headquartered in Montereau-sur-le-Jard, France, has acquired a stake in the Toulouse-based startup Addimetal. The move is expected to allow the companies complete and secure sharing of their respective industrial-grade metal Binder Jetting (BJT) technology.
The companies will collaborate on the development of Addimetal’s innovative open hardware platform and technology. As well as financial support, Addimetal will also benefit from JPB’s experience and knowledge of the application areas in which metal Binder Jetting is most suited.
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“Our interest in MBJ spans several years and it remains state-of-the art 3D printing technology that is still only provided by only a small handful of players,” says Damien Marc, CEO, JPB Système. “Acquiring a stake in Addimetal underscores our commitment to support the development of open 3D printing platforms that ensure a wider and more unconstrained solutions offering when it comes to the manufacture of small, complex, yet lightweight parts in small volumes.”
JPB Système’s move to own part of Addimetal is said to align with the company’s ongoing research into the benefits and possibilities of Binder Jet Additive Manufacturing. The results of trials with BJT to produce flight-ready parts are reportedly meeting expectations by delivering robust lighter-weight alternatives quicker and easier than traditional manufacturing methods such as machining and casting. In some trials, this has already seen JPB cut overall lead times by 80% and, crucially, secure weight-savings of 30% – a fundamental objective for aerospace customers.
“There is currently no other French company developing this particular 3D printing technology, so for us as a leading France-based global business, to partner with an equally pioneering homegrown player with significant growth potential on an international level, is hugely significant,” concluded Marc.