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New Metal 3D Printing Customer Center Opens in China

TCT Magazine reports on a new announcement made by GKN Additive concerning the opening of a new metal 3D printing customer center in Danyang, China.

GKN Additive, which is a metal additive manufacturing company, aims for the new facility to help “allow customers and partners to get hands-on experience with metal 3D printing and work with GKN Additive’s engineers to design and print components.  The new location is the company’s sixth R&D and manufacturing facility as part of a print network across Europe, North America, and Asia.”

GKN’s focus has been on direct metal laser sintering and binder jetting technology.  “Last year, the company announced a partnership with HP to deploy its new HP Metal Jet technology in its production plants to produce functional metal parts for automotive and industrial customers.”

As President of Additive Manufacturing at GKN Powder Metallurgy Guido Degen explains: “China is the world’s largest automotive market and automotive manufacturing country for conventional and new energy vehicles. Automotive development activities have shifted from traditional regions to China, and this leads to an increased demand on new technologies like additive manufacturing.  We believe that metal additive manufacturing is one of the future processes that will have great effect on the automotive industry and electric vehicle production. From saving time to market through rapid prototyping to redesigning and rethinking parts and assemblies for additive, to reduced inventories by on-demand replacements – metal AM adds value during the whole component life cycle.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of TCT Magazine

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