Additive Industries’ MetalFAB1 System Receives First Follow-on Order
Additive Industries has received a follow-on order from its customer Kaak Group. The order of a second MetalFAB1 system, this time a 5-module 4-laser production series system within 9 months after the installation of the first system, confirms the performance of the MetalFAB1 system. Kaak, the market leading manufacturer of industrial bakery systems will further increase its metal additive manufacturing capacity since demand for 3D printed components for internal use is substantial. This month their first MetalFAB1 system is upgraded to a 4-laser version to double the speed and increase the capacity but they expect this will not be sufficient to keep up with the growing number of parts for their bakery systems.
“Our engineers have embraced 3D metal printing and the number of parts with a positive business case over other fabrication technologies is growing rapidly,” said Lodewijk van der Borg, CEO of Kaak Group.
Jaap Bulsink, senior R&D engineer at Kaak and responsible for the 3D printing facilities K3D at Kaak adds, “the MetalFAB1 has been used successfully to print a broad range of components for our systems offering improved performance, lighter weight parts and a substantial reduction of development lead-time.”
For Additive Industries, this first follow-on order is a clear signal to the market that the MetalFAB1 system has matured and the production series system, of which the first one was installed at BMW in December last year, gains traction. The MetalFAB1 has ten times more flexibility, reproducibility and productivity than the average midrange systems.
“We are proud and grateful for this follow-on order from Kaak, one of our most valuable Beta customers. They have truly stresstested our MetalFAB1 system and helped us to improve its performance and mature the machine for series production. This order underlines their commitment and confidence in our technology”, according to Daan A.J. Kersten, CEO of Additive Industries.