LEUVEN, Belgium, Mar 4, 2015 – Materialise NV, a leading provider of additive manufacturing software and sophisticated 3D printing services, will soon start offering Aluminum to its industrial customers. At RapidPro, Materialise CEO Fried Vancraen announced AlSi10Mg as the first metal option to join a portfolio of more than twenty 3D printing polymers currently offered to industrial customers by the Belgian-based additive manufacturing pioneer.
With a facility of more than 120 3D printers and wide variety of technologies, Materialise has grown into one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive providers of additive manufacturing services. With aluminum printing, the company adds a powerful new tool to its services for industrial applications. “We believe that offering aluminum alongside a wide range of polymers allows us to be of better service to our customers,” says Jurgen Laudus, director additive manufacturing solutions at Materialise. “Aluminum is a perfect addition to the plastic materials we already offer and it opens doors for new applications.”
AlSi10Mg is an aluminum alloy that combines good strength and thermal properties with low weight and flexible post-processing possibilities. For those reasons, it’s an often used material in automotive, aerospace and automation. Applications include housings, ductwork, engine parts, production tools and molds, both for prototyping and manufacturing purposes.
With its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium, and branches worldwide, Materialise is a provider of additive manufacturing (AM) software solutions and sophisticated 3D printing services in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and design and consumer products. Materialise has been playing an active role in the field of AM since 1990, through its involvement in AM for industrial and medical applications, by providing biomedical and clinical solutions such as medical image processing and surgical simulations and by developing unique solutions for its customers’ prototyping, production, and medical needs. For additional information, please visit: www.materialise.com.