Car manufacturer Volkswagen and 3D printing company Additive Industries have entered into a long-term partnership. The deal will see the two companies 3D print advanced tooling and spare parts for the Volkswagen Group.
“We see great potential for 3D metal printing of a broad range of car parts and tooling,” commented Klaus-Jürgen Herzberg of Volkswagen, adding that the new arrangement would help the car company “be prepared for the digital future.”
In September, Additive Industries installed a MetalFAB1 additive manufacturing system at the Volkswagen Manufacturing Plant in Wolfsburg, the company’s largest manufacturing plant in the world. Following “intensive training” of the Volkswagen team, the first additively manufactured products have since been successfully produced.
“The investment in the most modern 3D printing equipment allows us to continue to be front-runners in toolmaking and give our craftsmen access to the latest technology,” said Oliver Pohl, Department Manager at Volkswagen.
Based in the Netherlands, Additive Industries offers modular, end-to-end 3D printing systems that include a seamlessly integrated information platform suitable for high-end and demanding industrial markets.
The company says it has redefined the business case for series production of additive manufacturing in aerospace, automotive, medical technology and high-tech equipment.
“For Additive Industries, the partnership with Volkswagen, the world’s largest car maker, is a confirmation of our strategy to accelerate industrial additive manufacturing and focus on innovators in their markets,” said Daan Kersten, CEO of Additive Industries.
Jan-Cees Santema, European Sales Director for Additive Industries, added that the Volskwagen deal was part of its own “roadmap for manufacturing excellence and expansion of the metal additive manufacturing footprint.”
The partnership was announced at Formnext 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany, where a huge number of companies in the 3D printing world have been launching and demonstrating new products and services.
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