Last summer, Dutch 3D printing company Additive Industries announced a three-year technology partnership with Switzerland-based Sauber F1 Team, which became the launching customer for the MetalFAB1 Process & Application Development Tool. The Sauber F1 Team had already been using 3D printing for over a decade,extensive use of polymer materials and identifying the next logical step is to enter the metal field.
The original 3D printers that Sauber invested in were upgraded later to full-size, integrated multi-material MetalFAB1 systems for series production. Under the terms of the partnership, additive industries has partnered with sauber F1 teams to help learn the curve and build capacity,as Sauber 3D prints components for its race cars and also for unnamed third-party applications.
3D printing is already widely used in the fast-paced world of formula one racing, so this partnership makes a lot of good business sense for both Additive Industries and the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.