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Additive Industries

Additive Industries, machine manufacturer of industrial 3D  metal printers, is a striking example of how collaboration in the entire value chain leads to international success of a company.

The emergence of Additive Industries is a great example of how the Brainport ecosystem works. Through collaboration, sharing knowledge, shared risk taking and pioneering in an experimental setting with eight competitive companies, the company was able to manufacture the MetalFAB1. Within three years’ time, the world’s first 3D metal printer for industrial (serial) production was brought to market.

Pioneering with competitors in the AddLab

The so-called AddLab served as a pilot 3D print factory. Within the factory the companies KMWE, NTS Group, Frencken, Machinefabriek De Valk, FMI, MTA, Philips Innovation Services, Kaak Group and Additive Industries gained application driven experience. The shared facility was financed by the involved industrial parties. The shared ambition was to develop a broad range of 3D metal print applications for high-tech and high-end production.

Collaborating to gain worldwide market share

The participating companies were convinced that by working together, they had a better chance to play a leading role worldwide. A team of additive manufacturing professionals managed AddLab and supported the companies in developing and producing 3D printed metals and parts for their end customers.

Extremely short time-to-market for Additive Industries

Additive Industries used the knowledge they gained in AddLab to develop the MetalFAB1, the world’s first industrial 3D metal print system. Additive Industries has now more than 120 employees and dozens of systems installed at customers like Volkswagen, BMW, ArcelorMittal, F1 team Alfa Romea Racing ORLEN, K3D and multiple suppliers in the aerospace industry. The involved manufacturers have now all developed their own profitable business model on 3D printing with the experience and knowledge they gained in AddLab.