APWORKS is Additive Industries’ first customer. For three years, the Munich-based company has been testing the MetalFAB 1 Beta system and has extensively discovered how to take advantage of the metal AM system.
As a reminder, APWORKS is a subsidiary of AEROTEC and is part of AIRBUS. The Taufkirchen-based unit mainly focuses on the development and production of complex and advanced applications for metal additive manufacturing in non-regulated industries such as automotive, robotics or tooling, as well as new material and software development.
The company has been acknowledged for the project 3i-Print that involved several key players of the industry and that was officially unveiled at Formnext 2017.
The collaboration with Additive Industries
Today, APWORKS is ready to launch the industrial additive manufacturing phase of a given project. We haven’t received much more information about the said project but we can confirm that this stage concerns certification and series production of aerospace parts.
This next phase will be carried out at the new Additive Industries Process & Application Development Center on the aerospace campus in Filton, close to Bristol. For those who do not know, Additive Industries has partnered with GKN Aerospace for the opening of a Global Technology Center in Bristol.
APWORKS’ CEO, Joachim Zettler, explained “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.”
His colleague, Andreas Nick (CTO) added: “In the UK, our colleagues headed by our Chief Product Officer Jonathan Meyer will work closely with the Additive Industries Process & Application Development team lead by Dr. Mark Beard, their Global Director for Process & Application Development on further qualification and certification of aerospace parts in nickel based alloys like Inconel 718”, concluded Daan Kersten, CEO of Additive Industries.
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