Sauber F1 Team accelerates 3D metal printing with Additive Industries
30 November 2017
The Sauber F1 Team has officially taken delivery of their first MetalFAB1 system as part of the three-year technology partnership with Additive Industries from Eindhoven. Additive Industries founders Jonas Wintermans and Daan Kersten handed over the industrial additive manufacturing system to Axel Kruse, Production Director, and Christoph Hansen, Chief Wind Tunnel Production, from Sauber Motorsport AG. Having over 10 years of experience in Additive Manufacturing in plastics, the Sauber F1 Team is now expanding its 3D printing competences and capabilities to metals. The investment in two MetalFAB1 systems allows them to reduce their cycle time in manufacturing of innovative parts for their own wind tunnel models, F1 race cars as well as third-party business.
State-of-the-art production facility
‘In this partnership we will enable the professionals of the Sauber F1 Team to accelerate in the metal additive manufacturing domain. We are grateful that in return, we can use the brand new and state-of-the-art production facility of Sauber in Hinwil as a training facility for our European customer base’, explained Daan A.J. Kersten, CEO of Additive Industries. ‘This investment marks the transition of the Sauber F1 Team to a broader technology company and is an important part of our long term vision’, added Pascal Picci, Chairman, Sauber Holding AG.