Sauber Technologies has extended its technology partnership with metal additive manufacturing leader, Additive Industries for a further three years. Sauber Technologies has been using Additive Industries’ MetalFAB platform for metal additive manufacturing (AM) since 2017, with a current count of four systems in-house as the company embarks on new, ambitious projects for third-party customers. Sauber Technologies is also part of the same group as Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN.
This summer, Sauber Technologies and Additive Industries will celebrate the fifth anniversary of their long-term strategic partnership: with the focus of both parties on productivity, part reproducibility and industrial series production, they are eager to keep pushing boundaries in metal AM to manufacture light-weight components for the automotive, industrial and tooling industries.
Christoph Hansen, COO of Sauber Technologies: “Over the course of our successful partnership, Additive Industries have become an essential ingredient in the offering of Sauber Technologies. Ever since we introduced the MetalFAB systems to our processes, our in-house capabilities have increased in a significant way: Additive Industries continues to provide us with the best way to manufacture the most advanced parts for our motorsport operations, as well as our growing cohort of customers, reducing lead times, costs and waste while pushing forward the boundaries of technology.”
From the start of the collaboration, Additive Industries has enabled the professionals of Sauber Technologies to accelerate in the metal additive manufacturing domain. The investment in the MetalFAB systems – with its unique open parameters – allowed Sauber to reduce cycle times in the manufacturing of innovative parts for its own wind tunnel models, Formula One race cars as well as third-party business.
Additive Industries is dedicated to bringing metal additive manufacturing for functional parts from ‘lab to fab’ by offering a modular 3D printing system, MetalFAB1, and a seamlessly integrated information platform, Additive World Platform, to high-end and demanding industrial markets. With substantially improved reproducibility, productivity, and flexibility, Additive Industries redefined the business case for series production of metal additive manufacturing applications in aerospace, automotive, medical technology and high-tech equipment.
These features are of great importance to Sauber Technologies, as the company focuses fully on third-party business, providing a holistic service for complex engineering problems, from the idea stage to the finished products. The company can draw on the experience of its dedicated, highly skilled staff and from the know-how generated in fifty years of history in motorsport.
Mark Massey, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Additive Industries: “We are very proud to be constantly recognized by Sauber Technologies for our class-leading automated industrial metal additive manufacturing solutions. We encourage each other to push our boundaries and to innovate. We are committed to continuing our long-term partnership, grow and evolve in the coming years.”