Materialise’s 3D printing center in Bremen, Germany.
Materialise’s 3D printing center in Bremen, Germany.

Additive manufacturing (AM) company Materialise has opened a new 3,500 m2 center for metal 3D printing in Bremen, Germany. 

The €7.5 million facility has the capacity for over 120 employees and more than 30 industrial metal 3D printers, according to the company. Materialise previously operated two facilities focused on metal 3D printing in Bremen, including a software development and distribution center and industrial manufacturing center.

Plans are to research more sustainable metal 3D printing products in the new facility.

‘Metal 3D printing has established itself as a powerful manufacturing solution, empowering people through local, decentralized production and providing a more sustainable way to manufacture products when compared to conventional manufacturing technologies,’ said Jurgen Laudus, vice president of Materialise Manufacturing. ‘But as an industry we need to step up our efforts to make the 3D printing process itself more sustainable. Our work in Bremen will explore opportunities to optimize printing processes, improve energy efficiency and more consistently recover and reuse metal powder to create more sustainable technologies.’

This story uses material from Materialise, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.