Materialise NV (NASDAQ:MTLS), based in Leuven, Belgium, a leading provider of Additive Manufacturing software and 3D printing services, has announced that it will soon start offering aluminium to its industrial customers. Speaking at the RapidPro event in Veldhoven, The Netherlands, Materialise CEO Fried Vancraen announced AlSi10Mg as the first metal option to join a portfolio of more than twenty 3D printing polymers currently offered to industrial customers.
With a facility of more than 120 3D printers and wide variety of technologies, Materialise has grown into one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive providers of Additive Manufacturing services. With aluminium printing, the company adds a powerful new tool to its services for industrial applications.
“We believe that offering aluminium alongside a wide range of polymers allows us to be of better service to our customers,” stated Jurgen Laudus, Director Additive Manufacturing Solutions at Materialise. “Aluminium is a perfect addition to the plastic materials we already offer and it opens doors for new applications.”
AlSi10Mg is an aluminium alloy that combines good strength and thermal properties with low weight and flexible post-processing possibilities. For those reasons, it is an often used material in automotive, aerospace and automation. Applications include housings, ductwork, engine parts, production tools and moulds, both for prototyping and manufacturing purposes.