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Even in your everyday life today, additive manufacturing is used for topology-optimized motors to ensure less fuel consumption, customized titanium implants to improve the recovery prospects of seriously injured people, and complicated assemblies are manufactured in one piece without tools and without assembly. But, this is only the tip of the iceberg, because the possible applications for 3D printing are virtually unlimited. However, radical innovation is needed for these applications to become technically feasible and economical.

Since its foundation, the FIT Additive Manufacturing Group has been an innovation leader in the industry. We are one of the pioneers of additive manufacturing and are one of the preferred early adopters of new technologies. And, because we are not satisfied with just keeping pace with the times and always want to be one step ahead, we are already researching approaches that will deliver significantly better solutions in the future. We are therefore not focused on doing existing things a bit faster or cheaper, we look for new ways to tackle a challenge completely differently than before. Only radical innovation will allow you, and us, to continue to improve in the future.





Innovation example 1: Efficiency

  • As one of the world’s first 3D printing service providers, we are masters of the innovative SP3D cold-spray technology, which, for the first time, allows copper components to be 3D printed at three times the speed of sound, and aluminum components to be 3D printed around 100 times faster than is possible with powder bed-based 3D printing.
  • We are one of the early adopters of the innovative LPM technology for the additive manufacturing of metal components, without supports, 90 % cheaper than is possible with laser melting (LM) for example.
  • As a manufacturing specialist in 3D printing, wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) means that we have access to a technology for welding additive structures, in low quantities and with high component variance, onto semi-finished products at low cost, which is suitable for industrial applications.
Innovation example 1: Efficiency
Innovation example 2: Sustainability


Innovation example 2: Sustainability

The US not-for-profit organization SECORE International, Inc. has set itself the goal of saving the coral reefs, which are dying around the world. To do this, the SECORE team is breeding more resistant coral larvae using a natural process. The larvae are placed on specially developed settlement substrates and then placed out to sea so that new coral reefs form. The key challenge: coral larvae are extremely selective in their choice of new home.

In cooperation with SECORE, we successfully developed an innovative solution to additively manufacture the seeding units with their complex surface structures that encourage the larvae to settle. This was made possible by our internally developed “Amcelain” ceramic powder as well as specially adapted ceramic 3D printing. We have produced several thousands of these components over the past few months, which have been successfully used in the Caribbean. In future, we expect to produce over 1 million more of these ceramic objects to hopefully sustainably counteract coral bleaching.



Innovation example 3: Reproducibility

Additive series production primarily aims to ensure the reliable reproducibility of components at competitive costs. As a result, we have spent many years researching and developing innovative solutions in order to adapt our processes to series production. At the FIT Campus in Lupburg you will therefore find:

  • a cluster building of machinery with central material control and supply,
  • various, internally programmed software tools for process planning and control,
  • a high degree of process automation in manufacturing and
  • a digital process control and seamless documentation to track the production of a component.

These are just a few examples to show how our capacity for innovation sets us up perfectly for the series production of your components.

Innovation example 3: Reproducibility

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