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APWORKS and Additive Industries advance to series production of certified parts

First MetalFAB1 customer ready to scale up

Recently acquired by Premium AEROTEC, APWORKS is one of the firms carrying out some of the first and most advanced research on materials and applications for AM, especially in the aerospace segment. Located at the Airbus headquarters close to Munich, the company was Additive Industries’ first customer and has extensively tested the MetalFAB1 Beta system since its installation in March 2016. Now the time has come to scale up.

“We believe metal additive manufacturing will continue to evolve into a mature fabrication technology and prove to be able to compete with conventional processes like casting, machining and powder metallurgy,” explained APWORKS’ CEO, Joachim Zettler. “In the next [few] years we expect this market to continuously and rapidly grow and, especially in the aerospace industry, new airplanes and aero-engines will contain a substantial number of parts that are additively manufactured.”

APWORKS and Additive Industries
Additive Industries’ MetalFAB1 3D printer

The partners have jointly decided to move to the next phase of industrial additive manufacturing: certification and series production. As a 100% subsidiary of Premium AEROTEC and still part of Airbus, APWORKS’ main focus in Taufkirchen is the development and production of complex and advanced applications for metal additive manufacturing in non-regulated industries such as automotive, robotics or tooling, as well as new material and software development.

“We are proud to continue our journey from prototyping to series production with APWORKS, our first customer and one of the frontrunners in our industry,” added Daan Kersten, CEO of Additive Industries.

The collaboration on series production of certified applications for the aerospace industry will be carried out closer to actual production at the new Additive Industries Process & Application Development Center on the aerospace campus in Filton, close to Bristol. Here, the APWORKS team, headed by Chief Product Officer Jonathan Meyer, will work closely with the Additive Industries Process & Application Development team lead by Dr. Mark Beard, their Global Director for Process & Application Development, on further qualification and certification of aerospace parts in nickel-based alloys like Inconel 718.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree. Specializing in covering the AM industry, he founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial and market analysys&consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as several editorial websites, including 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. Since 2016 he is also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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