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Safran Group deploys MetalFAB1 to boost productivity

Additive Industries' flagship system has been installed at the Safran Additive Manufacturing Campus (SAMC)

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The Safran Additive Manufacturing Campus – part of the Safran Group – has successfully deployed Additive Industries‘ flagship MetalFAB1 industrial 3D printer.

Safran is a global leader in the Aerospace and Defence sectors and is a clear innovation and technology leader. Its core mission is to contribute to safer and more sustainable aviation. Safran has a global presence, with 76,000 employees and sales of 16.5 billion euros in 2020 and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran Group is the largest aerospace engine company in Europe and a number one user of AM systems in the European Aerospace market.

Ian C. Howe, CEO at Additive Industries: “We are honored that Safran has chosen the MetalFAB1 technology and our company and we are excited to embark on a long-term partnership in developing the technology and applications together with Safran group. We are convinced our technologies have an excellent fit with the highly technical market Safran is operating in and we are committed to contributing to Safran’s endeavor in developing new applications with additive manufacturing, including high productivity and quality, combined with maximum safety for the workforce.”

Safran Group deploys Additive Industries’ MetalFAB1 to boost aerospace productivity at the Safran Additive Manufacturing Campus (SAMC)

Safran selected the modular and scalable MetalFAB1 3D printer as a solution of high-quality parts combined with safe operation and gains in productivity through increased automation. The company is deploying the system to manufacture highly complex parts for its aviation, defense, and space businesses, in which parts manufacturing has to meet the most stringent technical and quality requirements. Safran installed the MetalFAB1 in June 2021 for testing. After preliminary acceptance in July 2021, the company has now officially validated the solution.

“We are proud to acknowledge, that with the support of their first MetalFAB1, the Safran’s Additive Manufacturing Campus has been able to produce their first aeronautical parts at their new site. We are looking forward to expanding the range of the applications and materials in this intense and strong collaboration”, added Stéphane Escalier, Director Business Development France at Additive Industries.

“With the integration of a MetalFAB1 AM printer in Safran, we have the ambition to meet the challenge of performance at the right level of quality of raw material and productivity for Aluminium, declares FX Foubert (CEO of SAMC), who underlines the good relationship with Additive Industries, and which makes us confident about reaching our ambitious targets.”

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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