2022 | Always the latest technical state of the art
We start the year right with a number of new machines: We invest in a new FDM system, a new CNC milling machine and an advanced chemical smoothing process. We keep our machine inventory up to date and at the highest technical level, even for standard processes.
2021 | Ever smaller, ever more detail
The trend is characterized by the improvement of existing processes. While Robotic FDM and SCA were recently used for enhancing component dimensions, we are now focusing on ever finer resolution for small series parts. To this end, the innovative SAF process for polyamide components and, in the metal sector, the custom-built system for micro laser melting [Process > Additive Metal] have been put into operation. A milestone especially for our commitment in the automotive sector is our TISAX listing.
2020 | 25 years‘ jubilee
Our 25th anniversary coincides with the Corona pandemics. We celebrate the latest state of the art and the latest achievements of FIT with an encompassing innovation guide. The anniversary year is, again, marked by groundbreaking innovations. A milestone visible from afar is our 4th, newly built production hall, where the innovative SCA process for free-form architectural parts was put into operation. Appropriate to the anniversary, FIT is awarded „TOP-Innovator“ bedacht.
2019 | Innovations
FIT's claim as an AM guide is based on its technological leadership. We are regularly global first adopters for innovative AM technologies, which we practically test and validate in the context of industrial additive manufacturing. The central question here is: To what extent do these offer our customers significant added value to our existing range of processes? A current new acquisition is the first system for cold welding from SPEE3D in Europe. In post-processing, we are investing in a HIP system from Quintus for heat treatment and electrochemical smoothing to improve the quality of 3D-printed components.
FIT is awarded the "Bavaria's Best 50" business prize for the 2nd time.
2018 | More capacities
Due to ongoing technology growth, our first production hall, the first in the world to specialize entirely in additive manufacturing processes, is rapidly becoming too small. The commissioning of the second factory hall with around 4,500 m² of production space and an investment volume of EUR 16.6 million considerably extends our AM Campus. Our customers benefit from these high capacities through adherence to schedules and the rapid fulfillment of large order volumes.
At the same time, the company's own boarding house with 48 apartments is opened. This is a special offer for our employees who have further travel distances, as well as for customers and partners of FIT.
2017 | Large-format production
Additive manufacturing with the established processes of selective laser sintering (SLS or PBF-LB/P) for plastics and laser melting (laser melting or PBF-LB/P) and electron beam melting (EBM or PBF-EB/M) for metal is running reliably at high capacities. FIT is adding innovative new processes to its portfolio, the advantages of which lie in large formats and significantly higher build-up rates.
A total of EUR 16.6 million is being invested in the company's further development. FIT is the first user to introduce GEFERTEC's WAAM 5-axis wire arc additive manufacturing for large metal parts. The counterpart in the plastics sector is the new GDP system from Massivit. At the same time, the new administration building with workplaces for more than 200 employees, the so-called "FIT Tower", is put into operation.
2016 | AM on industrial scale
FIT AG is investing EUR 11.4 million in the world's first factory designed specifically for additive manufacturing, with which we are raising additive manufacturing to industrial scale. The FIT Factory is unique worldwide in terms of manufacturing capacity and automation technology. An entire floor is dedicated to additive manufacturing of metal parts, giving FIT the largest capacity in the metal sector [Process > Additive Metal] today. Another floor is dedicated to the additive manufacturing of plastic parts.
FIT is awarded the business prize "Bavaria's Best 50".
2013 | Focus on serial manufacturing
FIT puts the world's first high-performance systems for laser melting (laser melting or PBF-LB/P) with 4 laser guns from SLM Solutions into operation. This is a breakthrough for our customers, as it significantly increases build rates and production speed and significantly increases productivity. These systems are particularly suitable for industrial use and are an important hardware prerequisite for the additive series production of metal parts, which is gaining a great deal of interest on the market.
2009 | Focus on productivity
In order to meet the requirements of a centrally organized and automated additive manufacturing using a wide variety of 3D printers, FIT simply created its own 3D software with netfabb, finding no ready-made solution on the market. Originally designed to control a large inventory of machines, netfabb quickly develops into a powerful, world-leading software for modeling (design, simulation and repair) of 3D models. netfabb is also widely used by customers and creates professional, printable data models that help avoid an enormous amount of rework.
2005 | Focus on new industries
The first EBM system for processing titanium is put into operation. Titanium is a material that is difficult to process using conventional methods, but is ideally suited for tool-free production. This opens up the completely new areas of application of medical technology/implantology as well as aerospace. Certification according to EN ISO 13485 will be achieved after a 3-year validation phase, followed by FDA compliance.
2003 | Complex serial manufacturing
Rapid tooling is successfully introduced at FIT. Tools for injection molding and elastomer production are all designed and manufactured by us, using a combined routine of milling and laser melting (PBF-LB/P) from steel or aluminum. With the help of these tools, the complex end-use parts made of plastics are manufactured using conventional injection molding or elastomer manufacturing. This combined production method allows even larger series with increased component complexity to be produced at attractive unit prices.
1998 | Freedom of geometry
After initial steps with paper lamination, FIT enters the core business of additive manufacturing using selective laser sintering (SLS or PBF-LB/P) of PA materials. Carl Fruth quickly recognized the potential of this revolutionary process, because the geometry freedom of tool-free manufacturing in a powder bed allows for completely new products. The limits of traditional manufacturing processes can be overcome, as for example undercuts or internal cavities can now be easily 3D-printed. In addition, a wide range of post-processing options are available, so that the process offers immense flexibility for many applications in the field of rapid prototyping, but also for (small) series production.
1995 | The first steps
FIT finds its beginnings in the garage of Carl Fruth. Founded as "Fruth Innovative Technologien", FIT is one of the first service bureaus worldwide to focus on rapid prototyping using the innovative technologies of 3D printing. With the necessary technical background, a clear entrepreneurial vision and a strong preference for thinking things differently, Carl Fruth lays the foundation for the success story of FIT, which aims to realise better products for a better future.