The Sauber F1 Team accelerates 3D-metal printing
The Sauber F1 Team and its Technology Partner, Additive Industries, launched the MetalFAB1 3D-metal printing machine in the new production facility at the Hinwil headquarters.
As announced in June 2017, Additive Industries – a company based in the Netherlands which specialises in industrial metal additive manufacturing – is a Technology Partner of the Sauber F1 Team. Sauber has over 10 years of experience in additive manufacturing using plastics, making it a logical step to extend capability to metals. With the first MetalFAB1 machine, a foundation has been created – a second 3D-printing system will follow in 2018.
With Additive Industries’ new MetalFAB1 machines, the 3D-printing technique allows substantially improved reproducibility, productivity, and flexibility compared to other production processes. The objectives of the partnership between the Sauber F1 Team and Additive Industries are to build a technology centre in Hinwil, to exchange know-how and to establish new trends in the 3D-printing industry, especially for third-party business. More information on third-party business can be found at: https://www.sauberf1team.com/corporate/third-party-business
Axel Kruse, Operations Director, Sauber Motorsport AG:
“In manufacturing industry technology there is a sense of revolution – not only because of the progress in digitalisation. Together with Additive Industries, the Sauber F1 Team will develop the necessary know-how in additive manufacturing, for Formula 1, as well as for third-party business. It is the perfect time for us to take on this challenge with Additive Industries to tackle the steep learning curve to 3D print parts for the Sauber F1 Team race cars as well as for third party applications.”
Daan Kersten, CEO, Additive Industries:
“In this partnership we will enable the Sauber F1 Team professionals to accelerate in the metal additive manufacturing domain. We are grateful that in return, we can use Sauber’s brand new state-of-the-art production facility in Hinwil as a training facility for our European customer base.”
Pictures of the launch event with Additive Industries can be found on the bottom of this press release as well as on the Sauber F1 Team media portal.
About Additive Industries
Additive Industries is accelerating industrial additive manufacturing of high quality, functional, metal parts by offering a modular end-to-end 3D printing system including a seamlessly integrated information platform to high end and demanding industrial markets. With substantially improved reproducibility, productivity, and flexibility, Additive Industries redefines the business case for series production of additive manufacturing applications in aerospace, automotive, medical technology and high-tech equipment. For more information, please visit: http://additiveindustries.com/