Sauber F1 Team launching customer for MetalFAB1 Process & Application Development Tool
23 June 2017
Additive Industries and Sauber F1 Team enter into 3 year technology partnership
Eindhoven (The Netherlands) / Hinwil (Switzerland) – At Rapid.Tech in Erfurt, Germany, one of the
leading 3D printing conferences, Additive Industries and Sauber F1 Team have announced that
Sauber will be the launching customer for the MetalFAB1 Process & Application Development Tool.
This launching customership is part of a three year technology partnership between the two
companies. Steffen Schrodt, Head of Wind Tunnel Operations at Sauber F1 Team and Christoph
Hansen responsible for additive manufacturing presented this partnership during their key-note
speech at Rapid.Tech. Sauber F1 Team, a long-term expert in 3D polymer printing will invest in two
industrial MetalFAB1 3D metal printing systems over the course of two years to expand their additive
manufacturing competences to the metal domain. These Process & Application Development Tools
will be upgraded later to full size integrated multi-material MetalFAB1 systems for series production.
Additive Industries will support the additive manufacturing team of Sauber in ramping up the
capacity and quickly climb the learning curve to 3D print parts for the Sauber F1 race cars as well as
third party applications.
The partnership with Sauber F1 Team underlines the ambition of Additive Industries to become a
leading 3D metal printing system manufacturer in demanding markets like aerospace, automotive,
medical implants and high tech equipment. “We are honoured to be invited to join the Sauber F1
Team as a Technology Partner. Sauber has been the launch pad for champions for decades, Michael
Schumacher, Kimi Räikkönen, Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel all started their careers at this
unique private Swiss team. The professionalism of the Sauber F1 Team as well as their drive for
technological innovation, they own one of the most advanced automotive wind tunnels in the world,
fits beautifully with our quest for industrial excellence”, said Daan Kersten, CEO of Additive
Industries. “We are delighted to welcome Additive Industries on board as our new technological
partner at the Sauber F1 Team. Since this innovative fabrication technology is still in the early stages
of industrialisation, it is an ideal moment for us to take on this challenge with our new partner. By
doing so, we will gain and develop the necessary know-how in this area. It is our mission to set new
standards”, added Sauber F1 Team CEO & Team Principal, Monisha Kaltenborn.