Materialise is making an effort to meet the demands of growing market and annonces opening of a new additive production center. Metal Competence Center is located in Bremen, northern Germany and offers 3D printing from metal powders. New production center will be created as a merge of two already existing AM technology centers. The value of the investment is approximately EUR 7.5 million.
The decision to merge the two centers into one resulted from the desire to unite the party responsible for the software with the production unit. This is to lead to tightening of cooperation between the two teams that have so far worked in separate locations.
Jurgen Laudus, vice president of Materialize, says many companies are recognizing that 3D printing offers a wide range of new opportunities. For customers, AM is an opportunity to use the potential of local, decentralized production. On the other hand, manufacturers see the growing potential of metal 3D printing as a serial production tool. The situation caused by the global pandemic restrictions as well as the recent problems in international transport made many companies decide to revise their global supply chains.
Vice president of Materialise adds that research and work in new center in Bremen will me held with a view to optimizing printing processes, improving electric effectiveness as well as metal powder recovery and reuse. At the same time, research will be carried out on increasing the durability of 3D metal printing.
New location will give a workplace for 120 employees and is equipped with 30 production machines. The Metal Competence Center opening ceremony is scheduled for September 2021.