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Fortius Metals Raises Seed Round of $2M from AM Ventures

LAFAYETTE, CO, Dec 7, 2022 – Fortius Metals, Inc., an innovative metal 3D printing company, has announced that it has closed on a priced seed financing round with AM Ventures. The $2M round will be used to scale manufacturing capacity, grow the company and accelerate its go-to-market strategy.

Fortius Metals is a large format additive manufacturing company that specializes in advanced materials to help customers develop solutions previously not possible with robotic 3D printing. Fortius Metals’ patented technology will enable welding and 3D wire fabrication using high performance metal alloys to meet the exacting demands of aerospace customers and robotic welding fabricators.

AM Ventures, the foremost venture capital firm for the additive manufacturing sector, focuses solely on startups built around industrial-grade 3D printing offerings, including hardware, software, materials, and applications. AM Ventures’ portfolio includes an elite group of 17 companies engaged in 3D printing, out of over 2,400 start-ups evaluated.

“We are looking forward to supplying customers who are already requesting our proprietary 6061 aluminum welding wire that solves traditional ‘hot cracking’ problems,” said Jeff Lints, Fortius CEO. “We are proud to be a Colorado company along with many of our space and aircraft customers.”

Fortius welds are often twice the strength of incumbent commercial options for welding and 3D printing, which will help customers increase design performance, improve product quality and reduce weight.

“We strongly believe that large scale additive manufacturing has massive potential. But until we spoke to Fortius we had not seen an investment opportunity that could accelerate adoption,” said Philip Schultheiss, senior associate at AM Ventures. “Jeffrey and his talented team are developing not only a way of making high strength metals readily available for large scale printing and traditional welding but also increasing their mechanical properties, an investment was just logical.” Fortius Metals’ position as a potential supplier to technologically cutting-edge aerospace and defense customers inspired AM Ventures to navigate complex CFIUS clearance rules for their investment in order to open the door to a long-term partnership with Fortius.

Fortius is a spinout from Elementum 3D, headquartered in Erie, CO, which has already patented and commercialized this technology for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing. Fortius was formed to develop nanostructured metal alloy wires for use in robotic additive manufacturing applications – representing new markets and new products. The company’s vision is to use advanced materials technology to re-shore the metal manufacturing supply chain while supporting highly skilled jobs in American factories.

About Fortius Metals

Fortius Metals is a large format additive manufacturing company specializing in new materials. These patented, groundbreaking metal alloys will enable aerospace, automotive, and defense customers to meet the demands of high-performance applications.

For more information, visit www.fortiusmetals.com.

About AM Ventures

AM Ventures, the leading venture capital firm in industrial additive manufacturing, has backed 20+ successful companies in 7 countries on 3 continents. The team possesses in-depth technology know-how and is well connected with the most experienced experts in the field. As an investment partner, the company provides a globally leading ecosystem of sustainable investments in additive manufacturing and introduces entrepreneurs to a large pool of industry veterans, each one with decades of experience in engineering, manufacturing and executive management. Since 2021, AM Ventures is set up as a venture capital fund.

For more information, visit www.amventures.com.

Elementum 3D Acquires SLM Machine NXG XII 600

LÜBECK, Germany, Dec 5, 2022 – Metal-based additive manufacturing requires a need for collaboration between hardware OEMs and material providers to work together to solve for their customers’ problems. SLM Solutions recently announced the record-breaking NXG XII 600E and a flexible manufacturing solution, providing an answer to some of the biggest challenges of the AM industry regarding build envelope limitation. However, the lack of material options still lingers and is key to unlocking high-performing parts with high-performance material requirements. The aerospace and space industries are eager to integrate new materials but have faced various challenges with difficult-to-print, highly sought-after, alloys that are prone to cracking. Nevertheless, they are used due to their versatility, high strength, and corrosion resistance. A real pain point for the hyperactive aerospace industry.

SLM Solutions and Elementum 3D collaborate to solve these challenges by designing exclusive aluminum alloys 2024 and 6061 or aerospace grade 7050 and 7075 for SLM technology in 2023. In this way, both companies are teaming up to further enhance material offerings on the 12-laser technology used to print end-use parts traveling to space. Elementum 3D’s RAM technology ensures safe processing and successful outcome of additively manufactured parts with these difficult-to-print materials and therefore opens completely new possibilities in terms of component size, processing speeds, and material properties.

Within the start of a joint development agreement, Elementum 3D acquired the pioneering SLM machine NXG XII 600 from SLM Solutions, and together, both are committed to providing and developing cutting-edge technologies and materials. The objective is to create parameters and market Elementum 3D materials for use in SLM® machines, especially on the NXG XII 600. The agreement expands the use of additive manufacturing, increases the exposure for Elementum 3D materials, and allows SLM Solutions to rapidly expand the material selection for the 12-laser machine. The collaboration will give further impetus to the NXG XII 600 and leads to even more innovative, additively manufactured, high-quality parts.

“This strong partnership will enable our goal of empowering our customers to achieve theirs. It will pave a path for an enhanced material portfolio enabling better-performing applications and new business cases. We look forward to this partnership achieving new heights in AM and accelerating idea-to-production platform for our customers,” says Sam O’Leary, CEO of SLM Solutions.

Jacob Nuechterlein, president and founder of Elementum 3D, highlights the benefits of the agreement for additive manufacturing users: “We are pleased to announce this working agreement with SLM Solutions. With Elementum 3D’s ground-breaking materials and SLM Solutions leadership in production-sized printers for aluminums, we can offer a full solution to organizations ready to take their ideas to production.”

SLM Solutions systems are based on an open architecture strategy which allows users to have a free choice of materials, adapt parameters if required, and have a variable control on all levels to suit the customers’ requirements. The lightning-fast NXG XII 600 thus paves the way to a whole new level of metal-based additive manufacturing, enabling productive part production at reduced cost per part with, now, an enhanced material portfolio.

About Elementum

Elementum 3D is located in Erie, Colorado. They are an advanced additive manufacturing (AM) materials and parameters development company specializing in the commercialization and supply of groundbreaking high-performance 3D printed metals alloys, ceramics, refractories, and composites. Their goal is to radically expand the extremely limited metal AM materials library.

About SLM Solutions

SLM Solutions is a global provider of integrated metal additive manufacturing solutions. Leading the industry since its inception, it continues to drive the future of metal AM in every major industry with its customers’ long-term success at its core. SLM Solutions is home to the world’s fastest metal additive manufacturing machines boasting up to 12 lasers and enabling build rates of up to 1000ccm/h. With a portfolio of systems to suit every customer’s needs, along with its team of experts closely collaborating at every stage of the process, SLM Solutions leads the way on return on investment with maximum efficiency, productivity, and profitability. SLM Solutions believes that additive manufacturing is the future of manufacturing and has the desire and capability to take its customers there – right now.

SLM Solutions is a publicly-traded Company headquartered in Germany, with offices in Canada, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States.

Further information is available on www.slm-solutions.com

Sigma Additive Joins EOS Developer Network

SANTA FE, NM, Dec 2, 2022 – Sigma Additive Solutions, Inc. , a leading developer of quality assurance software to the commercial 3D printing industry, announced today that it has joined the EOS Developer Network (EDN) by EOS, a leading supplier for responsible manufacturing solutions via industrial 3D printing technology. This enables Sigma to provide software and analytics applications from EOS application programming interfaces (APIs).

The EDN partner program streamlines services and tools to allow Sigma to expand its software offering via the EOS digital thread from data preparation, machine management, process data acquisition, and reporting. EDN also provides access to API documentation, code samples, dedicated support by solution experts and access to virtual EOS systems for testing and integration validation.

According to Sigma’s general manager of European Operations Stephan Kuehr, “This is a great step in allowing us to support customer quality at every point of their additive journey, as well as better integrate with other software solutions. EOS is a premier supplier to the entire additive manufacturing industry, including both metals and polymer technologies. We share their mission of providing high levels of manufacturing quality and economic sustainability. We believe that the combination of EOS’ machine platforms with Sigma’s pedigree in agnostic monitoring and analytics software will be a marketplace differentiator and catalyst for growth of the entire additive industry.”

Stated Mirco Schöpf, product line manager software, EOS, “We are very pleased to welcome Sigma Additive Solutions to the EDN partner program. EOS believes open software interfaces have a strong impact on the adoption of additive manufacturing (AM) in general and provide opportunities to speed up industrialization. We created the EOS Developer Network (EDN) to support the AM software community to build seamlessly integrated software products that add to the powerful foundation EOS has built.”

About EOS

EOS provides responsible manufacturing solutions via industrial 3D printing technology to manufacturers around the world. Connecting high quality production efficiency with its pioneering innovation and sustainable practices, the independent company formed in 1989 will shape the future of manufacturing. Powered by its platform-driven digital value network of machines and a holistic portfolio of services, materials and processes, EOS is deeply committed to fulfilling its customers’ needs and acting responsibly for our planet.

For more information, please visit www.eos.info.

About Sigma Additive Solutions

Sigma Additive Solutions Inc. is a leading provider of in-process quality assurance (IPQA) solutions to the additive manufacturing industry. Sigma specializes in the development and commercialization of real-time monitoring and analytics known as PrintRite3D for 3D metal and polymer advanced manufacturing technologies. PrintRite3D detects and classifies defects and anomalies real-time during the manufacturing process, enabling significant cost-savings and production efficiencies by reducing waste, increasing yield, and shortening cycle times. Sigma believes its software solutions will be a major catalyst for the acceleration and adoption of industrial 3D printing.

For more information, please visit www.sigmaadditive.com.

Wohlers Publishes Specialty Report on Additive Construction

FORT COLLINS, CO, Dec 2, 2022 – Wohlers Associates, powered by ASTM International, published Wohlers Specialty Report on Construction: Building an Additive Construction Future. The report details developments in additive construction (AC), an industry that is rapidly growing in response to emerging opportunities brought about from additive manufacturing and 3D printing.

Global distribution of AC market players by region (source: Wohlers)

“ASTM International sees AC as the next frontier in construction,” notes Terry Wohlers, head of advisory services and market intelligence at Wohlers Associates. “To gain a view of what is ahead, it is important to understand the technology’s current state.”

“This specialty report features advancements in AC, a rundown of nearly 200 players in this sector, updates on efforts underway in various geographic regions, and a comprehensive overview of specific applications and materials,” Wohlers adds.

“Construction is among the oldest and largest industries in the world,” notes Stephan Mansour, Wohlers Associates consultant and principal author of the report. “However, issues of growing demand, a declining workforce, and rising material costs require new ways of thinking. AC presents alternative methods and tools that have the potential to be more efficient and sustainable and help address increasing demands on the sector.”

Use cases from key market players are presented as examples of AC. They examine how AC can improve traditional construction methods and outline specific challenges and ways they can be addressed in the future.

The report includes a range of tables, charts, and images and looks at the industry’s current research and development initiatives. The development of standards around AC is discussed. As they develop, so too will the industry.

“Global population is expected to rise, so construction will increase, even as the workforce declines and costs rise,” notes Mansour. “AC offers new solutions that are promising but are being met with the caution of many. We know AC is a quickly expanding sector, but more information on what works and what does not, along with good decision-making, are needed.”

Mansour notes that the Wohlers Specialty Report on Construction aims to increase understanding and offer a comprehensive look at the technology with a level of detail that is not available elsewhere. The report is geared towards design and building professionals in the construction industry looking to leverage AC, he adds.

Wohlers Specialty Report on Construction is now available at www.wohlersassociates.com/construction2022.

About Wohlers Associates, powered by ASTM International

The advisory group offers an unparalleled window into additive manufacturing and 3D printing by providing technical, market, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in rapid product development and AM. Wohlers Associates was acquired by ASTM International in 2021 and now includes an expansive team of technical and market experts to support the growing AM industry.

About ASTM International

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