3D printing company Additive Industries says that it has launched a new co-operative that allows customers to pool materials and services.

According to the company, the Additive Manufacturing Quality Co-operative (working title) is a not-for-profit entity that allows end users to to pool the volume of metal powders, gases and generic services such as testing of witness coupons, HIPping of parts and other services.

‘By joining forces with its customers, Additive Industries can standardize and control the quality of its consumable supply, especially the metal powders without increasing the cost,’ said the company in a press release. ‘Whereas for other system manufacturers consumables are a revenue stream, Additive Industries has regarded this mainly as a cost reduction opportunity because of its focus to continuously reduce the total cost per part. The not-for-profit co-operative allows Additive Industries and its customers to offset the increased quality requirements of demanding markets like aerospace and medical.’

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