According to Daan Kersten, Co-founder and CEO of the company: “Additive Industries has an ambitious 2018-2022 development plan. One of the already achieved milestones is the opening of the new factory last October in Eindhoven (Holland) which allows us to accelerate our growth, has the capacity to assemble and test up to 100-200 systems per year and helps us align well with our worldwide expansion plans to grow to a Top 3 position in the Additive Manufacturing market by 2022.”
“Always keeping customers’ satisfaction as key reference to achieve the planned goals, Additive Industries is expanding its worldwide presence, through partners or directly,” Kersten added. In addition to the Headquarters in Eindhoven, which is hosting the Global Hardware and Software Competence Centre, the Additive Industries network currently covers Bristol (UK), with the Global Material Competence Centre, Carrarillo, California (USA), with the Global Manufacturing Competence Centre, and the Global AM Industrialization Competence Centre in Singapore.
Specifically concerning Singapore: on November 23rd, following the official State Visit to The Netherlands, the President of Singapore, Mdm Halimah Yacob, visited Eindhoven where Additive Industries officially announced its Process & Application Development Center in the State-Island. Additive Industries will build this into a regional hub for local development and customer support. In addition to a local role, special market focus will be on regional key verticals such as semiconductor equipment, aerospace, marine and oil & gas.
In terms of market strategy, Additive Industries will focus on powder-bed fusion technology in Europe, America and the Asia Pacific region, and especially on the potential of implementing multiple systems for series production while being supported by Regional Process and Applications development centers.
With concern to the overall industrial strategy, Additive Industries provides clients with additive manufacturing equipment, as well as with handling and post-processing for industrial functional parts, supported by design, engineering, application development and manufacturing process advices. In other words: “Customer Lifecycle Support Services.”
To achieve optimal results in terms of productivity, Additive Industries underlines the integration of process steps and the automation of handling and execution to increase the efficiency of its modular systems capacity. In this way, one of the key challenges of AM ( i.e mass production) could be overcome. Per Daan Kersten words: “[Our] modular, end-to-end 3D printing system includes a seamlessly integrated information platform for high-end and demanding industrial markets, with a specific focus on aerospace, automotive, medical technology and high-tech equipment.”
The MetalFAB1 system—fully integrated with the Additive World Platform, supporting the complete 3D metal printing workflow and allowing customers to store, share and analyse all relevant data—has been at the center of Additive Industries stand.
“Its architecture ensures maximum flexibility and allows configurations from 2 to 11 modules,” said Kersten at Formnext. “When your capacity needs an increase, add more modules in the future. You can optimize the print parameter settings of the MetalFAB1 for specific part qualification. The MetalFAB1 has automated the manual steps of conventional powder bed fusion (PBF) printers to ensure highest productivity, resulting in the lowest cost per printed part. The fully automated process reduces human errors and increases reproducibility. Additive Industries evaluates a cost per part business case for new customers.”