Start-up Additive Industries from Eindhoven, NL has delivered its first metal printer.
The start-up has been working on the development of the printer for three years. Airbus uses the printer to print light weight mounting materials.
Airbus pays Additive Industries €1,8 million for the first copy of the MetalFab-3Dprinter. Airbus expects to be 3D printing half of all the components of a plane, according to Daan Kersten, co-founder of Additive Industries.
‘’One of the advantages of 3D-metalprinting is that you need less material’’, says Kersten to NOS. ‘’And you don’t have to make molds or wait for the boat from China to arrive’’.
With the metal printer Airbus decreases the amount of waste per produced product, but also the amounts of metal that is processed in the final product. The components are lighter but as strong as the milled components due to the printer’s precision.