Apr 6, 2016 | By Alec

Things are moving fast for the Dutch metal 3D printing startup Additive Industries. Over the past few months, they have been making headlines with the release of their excellent and room-filling MetalFAB1 industrial metal 3D printer, and have already sold out the first generation of the MetalFAB1 (three machines) within just three months. Additive Industries is now gearing up for the expansion of their services, and at the Annual Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference in St. Louis they have announced a partnership with 3DSIM for the integration of their exaSIM and FLEX tools into its Additive World Platform, to support the end-to-end metal 3D printing workflow.

Additive Industries, as you might know by now, is a Dutch high tech business with strong roots in the laboratories of Eindhoven. They have been working on their own industrial 3D printer since 2012, and are especially focused on a seamless integration of modular 3D printing and an information platform for high-end industries, such as the aerospace, automotive, medical sectors. At the beginning of the year, they delivered big time with the eight meter long MetalFAB1 3D printer. Boasting very high levels of productivity, tons of feedback control options, calibration strategies and optimized use of automated build plates and product handling, it’s an excellent option for industries seeking to adopt metal 3D printing. The size of a single build envelope (420x420x400 mm) even places the MetalFAB1 among the top 3 largest 3D metal printers available. The first generation of machines was sold to Airbus APWorks, Dutch food technology specialists Kaak Group and US-based manufacturing specialist United Grinding Group.

They will now thus be collaborating with 3DSIM, and the MetalFAB1 will be the first machine to be integrated into 3DSIM software. If you’ve never heard of this startup, they are working on a scientific simulation framework to support metal 3D printing and research. Through a series of cloud-based software tools, they provide frameworks for novel meshing, mathematics and GPU architecture, and aim to accelerate metal 3D printing innovation.

At the event at AMUG, Additive Industries announced that they would be specifically integrating 3DSIM’s exaSIM and FLEX tools into its Additive World Platform, with the purpose of supporting the overall workflow and increasing the predictability and yield of their 3D printer. “ By implementing an exact representation of the MetalFAB1 system in 3DSIM tools, users of this first industrial additive manufacturing system will be able to simulate and optimize builds before actually printing them,” they say in their press release. “Furthermore, it allows for a drastic reduction of the time needed for process qualification and accelerated innovation by eliminating much of the time-consuming, costly trial-and-error involved in metal additive manufacturing today.”

This partnership strengthens a collaboration that started in January 2015. “We believe 3DSIM’s physics-based software tools will revolutionize the way future products are designed, produced and qualified. By seamlessly enabling our customers to manage parts and builds in the Additive World platform, simulate production in 3DSIM’s software and finally producing that build on a MetalFAB1 machine, we are creating the tools needed for a truly integrated and predictable metal additive manufacturing process,” said Brent Stucker, CEO of 3DSIM.

Additive Industries also believes this partnership will greatly help the continuous development of their high quality metal 3D printing hardware. “The 3DSIM software will allow us to speed up the development of our MetalFAB1 system and help our customers to increase productivity, speed up process qualification and reduce the cost of printed parts,” said Mark Vaes, Technology Manager of Additive Industries.



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