3D printing pilot factory for metal parts, after 3 fruitfull years, has come to an end

AddLab was the first 3D printing pilot factory for the production of industrial metal parts in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. It was built on the ambition to develop a broad range of High Tech and high end manufacturing applications for 3D metal printing. As a shared facility, AddLab was privately funded by 9 industrial partners. These participating companies were convinced that by cooperating rather than competing, they have a better chance of becoming a leading player in the field of industrial additive manufacturing. A team of AM professionals was running the AddLab and supports the partner companies in the production and supply of 3D printed metal parts for end-users.

In September 2016, after three fruitful years, the AddLab programme has come to an end, but all the partners are continuing with this technology. KMWE, NTS Group and Machinefabriek De Valk will run AddFab together. With this step, the partners will focus on industrial series production and will scale up the capacity for high-quality applications. FMI has now invested itself in a 3D metal printer for medical implants. In meanwhile, the Kaak Group has already invested in two MetalFAB1 systems of Additive Industries, which are successfully being used. Philips and Additive Industries will continue with research and development in the field of additive manufacturing.



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