APWorks, Additive Industries Advance to Series Production of Certified Parts

APWorks and Additive Industries are furthering their collaboration and pushing series production of certified parts and, according to the companies, the next phase of industrialization.


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APWorks, a subsidiary of Premium Aerotec and part of Airbus, and Additive Industries have jointly decided to move to the next phase of industrial additive manufacturing (AM): certification and series production. APWorks was Additive Industries’ first customer and extensively tested the MetalFab1 Beta system. The current collaboration on series production of certified applications for the aerospace industry will take place closer to actual production at the Additive Industries Process & Application Development Center on the aerospace campus in Filton, England, close to Bristol.

According to APWorks’ CTO Andreas Nick, team members headed by APWorks Chief Product Officer Jonathan Meyer will work with the Additive Industries Process & Application Development team, led by Dr. Mark Beard, global director for Process & Application Development, to push the qualification and certification of aerospace parts in nickel-based alloys such as Inconel 718.

APWorks’ CEO Joachim Zettler, says “we believe metal additive manufacturing will continue to evolve into a mature fabrication technology and prove to be able to compete with conventional processes like casting, machining and powder metallurgy. In the next years we expect this market to continuously and rapidly grow and especially in the aerospace industry, new airplanes and aero-engines will contain a substantial number of parts that are additively manufactured.”

Daan Kersten, CEO of Additive Industries, concludes: “We are proud to continue our journey from prototyping to series production with APWorks, our first customer and one of the frontrunners in our industry.”