The Volkswagen Group, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany, has further strengthened its Additive Manufacturing capabilities with the acquisition of a second MetalFAB Additive Manufacturing system from Additive Industries, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
In 2018, the company established an Additive Manufacturing centre to produce automotive components using various Additive Manufacturing technologies, including Additive Industries’ MetalFAB system.
The second MetalFAB was reportedly chosen for its high level of automation, eliminating manual processes and enhancing safety. Additive Industries’ service and support were also noted as crucial factors in the decision-making process.
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The system’s modularity also allows Volkswagen to expand production capacity without major investments. Productivity features, such as full-field lasers and automated build changeovers, also enable high productivity rates and lights-out operations.
Volkswagen is also reported to have invested in parameter development and implemented the Powder Load Tool and Powder Recovery Station for efficiency and waste reduction.
Mark Massey, Chief Executive Officer at Additive Industries, shared, “We as Additive Industries are pleased to be able to provide Volkswagen Group with their second MetalFAB system. We are here to help them expand their capabilities in the field of Additive Manufacturing and move towards the next step in the automotive industry.”