Additive Industries’ MetalFab-600 Features Large Build Volume
Edited by AM Staff
Additive Industries’ MetalFAB-600 is a metal 3D printer designed to offer one of the largest build volumes in the industry. It is expected to be available toward the end of 2021.
The MetalFAB-600 will offer a build size of 600 × 600 mm and 1, 000 mm Z-height, and be 5X larger in volume than Additive Industries’ MetalFAB1, which currently offers 420 × 420 × 400. The company says the MetalFAB-600 will be highly productive with a deposition rate up to 1,000 cc/hour, using 10 × 1kW lasers. It is developed on a platform that enables further expansion of the build volume and productivity.
The MetalFAB-600 builds upon the knowledge and experience gained with the MetalFAB1 in terms of robustness and automating key production processes. The automation will focus on powder handling, alignments and calibrations to ensure the highest possible output. The MetalFAB-600 is designed to achieve the lowest cost per part, targeting traditional casting and machining industry.
Due to ongoing development projects, acting CEO Mark Vaes will reassume his role as CTO and manage the development team of the MetalFAB-600. Vaes had combined both roles over the past few months. Jonas Wintermans, co-founder of the company, will step in as acting CEO.
“Right now, it is crucial for Additive Industries to develop and innovate. The new MetalFAB-600 project is very relevant for our customers and, therefore, important for Additive Industries,” Wintermans says. “A larger build volume opens doors to more applications and more productivity. Larger build jobs also mean a need for higher laser power and maximum robustness because users want their parts to reach the finish line when printing multiple day jobs.”
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