Materialise has announced the start of metal printing activities in Bremen, Germany.
Materialise has announced the start of metal printing activities in Bremen, Germany.

Materialise, a developer of 3D printing software and other services, has announced the start of metal printing activities in its German office in Bremen. Starting in late October, this new production line will begin serving industrial customers looking to manufacture parts in TiAl6V4 titanium alloy. During a press conference at Euromold in Dusseldorf, Materialise founder and CEO Fried Vancraen stated that this new production line would mark Materialise's next step in becoming the most complete factory for 3D printing.

The company has also recently announced the completion of an in-house metal printing project that saw a medical production line being installed at their headquarters. Now, with the technology maturing and the demand for printed metal parts increasing, the company has begun expanding their metal offering on the industrial services side, with the availability of aluminum already being announced earlier this year.

Scalable site

Materialise says that it now has a global capacity of more than 120 3D printers and produces and ships 2000 parts to global customers every day. The metal production facility in Germany is Materialise's forth industrial production unit in Europe, besides its main factory in Belgium and facilities in Poland and the Czech Republic.

‘In terms of commitment to the German market, this is an important step,’ says CEO Fried Vancraen. ‘It allows us to manufacture parts close to our customers in aeronautics and the industrial goods industry. With this scalable site in Bremen, we clearly put metal printing on the agenda as a strategic part of our industrial offering.’

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