MX3D, a Dutch company that has developed a robotic metal 3D printing technology, has now raised 2.25 million euro from DOEN Participaties, PDENH and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). The funding will enable the company to take its technology to the next level with the commercial launch of M1, a complete robotic 3D printing platform for medium and large-scale metal structures. The investment will also help the company to further develop its MetalXL software and control system for transforming welding robots into industrial metal 3D printers.
MX3D’s metal AM technology is based on wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) and leverages multi-axis welding robot technology to build generative, support-free structures from metal feedstock. The company’s technology has famously been used to construct a stainless steel bridge for one of Amsterdam’s canals. The company has also demonstrated its process with the 3D printing of structural components, robotic arms and even bicycles.
MX3D’s next step will be to commercially launch the M1, a complete robotic metal AM platform, consisting of a welding robot, software and control system for 3D printing metal parts. Specifically, the M1 is equipped with an 8-axis ABB robotic WAAM setup, a Fronius GMAW/CMT welding machine, MetalXL and the MX3D Control System.
“Our Metal XL Software and Control System enables companies to turn their welding robot into a high-end 3D metal printer, in the course of one day,” explained Gijs van der Velden, CEO of MX3D. “Since the launch of MetalXL we have received many customer requests whether we could supply them with a complete solution. The M1 metal AM System is the answer to this call. Now customers without a welding robot can quickly and affordably start printing large metal parts.”
As it prepares to launch the complete M1 solution, MX3D is also continuing to develop MetalXL, adding connectivity with multiple robot brands, power sources and sensors. The goal, says Van der Velden, is to offer compatibility with over 80% of the world’s robotic market.
This next stage for the Amsterdam-based company is facilitated by funding from DOEN Participaties, the largest impact investor in the Netherlands for sustainable and social startups, and PDENH, a sustainability-focused investment firm.
“DOEN Participaties has supported MX3D for a long time and with this new investment we show that we have a lot of faith in the new M1 metal AM System and the future of MX3D,” said Merijn ten Thije, Impact Investment Manager at DOEN Participaties. “The innovative MX3D solution enables companies to improve their production methods and significantly reduce the need for transport and material. This can have a significant positive impact towards a more sustainable future.”