In September last year, a brand new 3D printing facility appeared in the northern German city of Bremen. A Belgian firm called Materialise was behind it, investing EUR 7.5 million into their new location, which now employs more than 120 people and operates over 30 industrial metal printers.
The subsidiary is already working with Airbus, which has a large production facility in Bremen, to print plane parts. The new facility will integrate software development and printing activities at one site. “Our work in Bremen will explore opportunities to optimize printing processes, improve energy efficiency and more consistently recover and reuse metal powder to create more sustainable technologies,” Materialise Vice President Jurgen Laudus says.
Interest in additive manufacturing, Laudus adds, is at an all-time high, after the coronavirus pandemic forced companies in Germany and around the world to rethink their supply chains and bring them closer to home.