New 3D printing systems at Airbus, ARBURG, Wabtec, BellaSeno, new hires at Markforged and more and

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Read on for news on the latest settings at Markforged as well as operational updates from ARBURG, Wabtec, BellaSeno, Airbus and others.

Carol Meyers will join Markforged’s board of directors after the company completes its upcoming SPAC merger this summer. Image via Business Wire.

Markforged appoints board member

Starting this week, metal and carbon fiber 3D printer maker Markforged has appointed Carol Meyers to its board of directors with the latest appointments. Currently, Meyers is a Venture Partner at Glasswing Ventures and will begin her new role once Markforged’s $ 2.1 billion SPAC merger is completed later this summer.

Meyers has previously served as the CMO of cybersecurity analysis company Rapid7, as well as LogMeIn and Unica Corporation. Through her work at the providers of business texting software Zipwhip and, Meyers has also gained a wide range of operational and board experience, which should be of benefit to her when starting her new role.

“We are excited to have Carol on our board of directors as we focus Markforged on robust manufacturing and pursue our growth goals,” said Shai Terem, President and CEO of Markforged. “Your in-depth marketing expertise on go-to-market strategies and successfully scaling businesses will prove invaluable as Markforged seeks to grow and bring our platform to manufacturing facilities around the world.”

‘Neighborhood 91’ comes into action

The global rail and transport company Wabtec has put its additive manufacturing system “Neighborhood 91” into operation on the innovation campus of Pittsburgh International Airport. The approximately 11,000 square meter complex houses an SLM 800 3D printer, which is to be used to produce large-format lightweight components for rail customers.

Additionally, the facility is also central to Wabtec’s ambitions to simplify the supply chains behind transportation-related spare parts and aims to 3D print 25,000 parts for internal use by 2025. In addition, the company’s convenient location enables it to deliver anywhere in the world within 24 hours, which may position it to help future international customers improve their delivery reliability.

“Part of the Neighborhood 91 vision is to highlight the airport-based assets of the area so we can build on the community’s strengths,” said Christina Cassotis, CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority. “For Wabtec, a leading global manufacturing company, choosing Neighborhood 91 for its advanced manufacturing is a sign that our region has everything it needs to be a leader in this area.”

The SLM 800 3D printer from SLM Solutions will be installed on Wabtec's Campus Neighborhood 91.  Photo via Wabtec. The SLM 800 3D printer from SLM Solutions will be installed on Wabtec’s Campus Neighborhood 91. Photo via Wabtec.

Breakthrough medical factory opens

The 3D printed framework developer BellaSeno has announced the opening of a new type of additive manufacturing facility for medical implants. With the support of the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (IZI), the factory will operate according to a “no-touch” production process, which will enable BellaSeno to safely scale the production of ISO-certified breast implants.

The company’s 3D printing process, one of the first in Europe to receive ISO 13485 certification for both design and manufacture, is reportedly capable of producing frameworks as small as 150 µm. For its part, the Fraunhofer IZI is responsible for quality assurance and quality assurance of the complex and has now handed over the relevant documentation to BellaSeno.

“We are delighted to have built a truly unique additive manufacturing facility together with Fraunhofer IZI,” says Mohit Chhaya, CEO of BellaSeno. “In this way, we not only ensure the top-quality manufacture of our own products, but also enable us to manufacture resorbable medical implants for a wide range of applications.”

ARBURG founds Shanghai hub

The manufacturer of 3D printers and injection molding systems ARBURG has opened a new plant in Shanghai where Chinese customers can present their APF freeform technology. With two sets of 200-3X and 300-3X machines as well as a range of benchmarking materials, the Arburg Prototyping Center (APC) also offers customers a space for training and practical experience.

In addition to the German Lossburg HQ and the Rocky Hill complex in the USA, with the opening in China, ARBURG now has a base in each of its core target markets. In addition, although the APC was originally founded for Chinese customers, it has also left the door open for further expansion in Asia and intends to continue to employ employees in the region in the future.

“In Asia we are seeing increasing demand for our Freeformer machines in applications that involve the AM of functional components made from original materials,” says Gerhard Böhm, Managing Director Sales and Service at Arburg. “With the new APC in Shanghai we are strategically expanding our AM competence and addressing the local needs of the Chinese market in a targeted manner.”

“Our ARBURG China team can now help faster, more focused and very practical to support potential freeformer customers in meeting their requirements.”

The new £ 40 million Airbus facility was opened by UK Foreign Secretary for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industrial Strategy Kwasi Kwarteng (pictured).  Photo via PES media. The new £ 40 million Airbus facility was opened by UK Foreign Secretary for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industrial Strategy Kwasi Kwarteng (pictured). Photo via PES media.

Airbus opens £ 40million UK test center

To conclude this week’s round-up with aerospace manufacturer Airbus, the aircraft specialist has unveiled a new research and test center worth £ 40 million. The Aerospace Integrated Research and Test Center (AIRTeC), opened by UK Foreign Secretary for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng, was co-funded under the UK Government’s wider ATI program.

With more than 10,000 m2 of gross floor area, the complex was built specifically for structural testing of large aircraft assemblies, including complete wings and parts and related materials, by researchers from universities and commercial partners. like those who work in the maritime and nuclear sectors.

Elsewhere, the factory has over 65,000 m² of reconfigurable test room, a high-performance load test machine, a digital manufacturing laboratory with 3D printing capabilities and the Airbus low-speed wind tunnel. Ultimately, the facility could prove critical to the company’s Wing of the Future program to develop cleaner, more fuel-efficient aircraft.

“Airbus makes a significant contribution to the UK aerospace industry and we are delighted to welcome the Secretary of State to help us showcase our fantastic facility,” concluded John Harrison, Airbus UK Chairman. “AIRTec will take our research and test capacities at Filton to the next level and make us even more competitive for the future.”

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