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World’s largest car maker invests in fully automated metal additive manufacturing system for tooling

Volkswagen and Additive Industries have entered into a long-term partnership to additively manufacture advanced tooling and spare parts for the Volkswagen Group. In September, Additive Industries has installed its latest MetalFAB1 system in Wolfsburg and the first products have been successfully produced after an intensive training of the Volkswagen team.

“We see great potential for 3D metal printing of a broad range of car parts and tooling and have joined forces in Volkswagen internally to increase our facility sevenfold to be prepared for the digital future”, said Klaus-Jürgen Herzberg, Betriebsrat. “The investment in the most modern 3D printing equipment allows us to continue to be front-runners in toolmaking and give our craftsmen access to the latest technology”, added Oliver Pohl, Department Manager.

For Additive Industries, the partnership with Volkswagen is a confirmation of the chosen strategy to accelerate industrial additive manufacturing. “We are proud to work closely with the Volkswagen team in Wolfsburg to execute on our roadmap for manufacturing excellence and expansion of the metal additive manufacturing footprint”, concluded Jan-Cees Santema, Sales Director Europe for Additive Industries.