Sauber F1 Team—a Swiss Formula 1 team—has taken delivery of the first of two MetalFAB1 metal additive manufacturing (AM) systems from Netherlands-based Additive Industries as part of the companies’ three-year technology partnership.
Jonas Wintermans and Daan Kersten, the founders of Additive Industries, officially handed over the machine to Axel Kruse, production director, and Christoph Hansen, chief wind tunnel production, at Sauber Motorsport.
Sauber F1 Team possesses more than 10 years’ experience producing additively manufactured parts in plastics and is now said to be looking to extend its 3D printing capabilities to metals. The MetalFAB1 machines are expected to reduce the manufacturing cycle times of parts for Sauber F1 Team’s own wind tunnel models and F1 race cars as well as third-party business.
The MetalFAB1 is an industrial-grade, direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) system, incorporating up to four lasers and affording a build volume of 42 x 42 x 40 cm. It also accommodates post-processing functions, such as heat treatment, part removal from the build plate and build plate storage.
Commenting on Sauber F1 Team’s investment in the MetalFAB1 machines, Pascal Picci, chairman of Sauber Holding, said: ‘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.’
Daan A.J. Kersten, co-founder and chief executive officer of Additive Industries, added: ‘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.’