The deal helps both sides in a track they are exploring: Sauber F1 Racing wants to grow as a tech company and Additive Industries is looking for a training facility for the European customers. The result: the Sauber F1 Team has officially installed their first MetalFAB1 system in Hinwil, Switzerland, as part of the three-year technology partnership with Eindhoven based 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 the manufacturing of innovative parts for their own wind tunnel models, F1 race cars as well as third-party business.

“In this partnership, we will enable the professionals of the Sauber F1 Team to accelerate in the metal additive manufacturing domain”, explained Daan Kersten, CEO of Additive Industries. “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.”

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Sauber is looking forward to the cooperation as well. “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 of Sauber Holding AG.

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