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

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Read on for news on the latest hires at Markforged, as well as facility updates from ARBURG, Wabtec, BellaSeno, Airbus and more. 

Carol Meyers is set to join Markforged's board later this summer. Image via Business Wire.
Carol Meyers is set to join Markforged’s board after it completes its imminent SPAC merger this summer. Image via Business Wire.

Markforged appoints board member

Starting this week with the most recent hires, Metal and carbon fiber 3D printer manufacturer Markforged has appointed Carol Meyers to its Board of Directors. Currently a Venture Partner at Glasswing Ventures, Meyers will begin her new role as soon as Markforged’s $2.1 billion SPAC merger is finalized later this summer.

In the past, Meyers has served as CMO of cybersecurity analytics firm Rapid7, as well as LogMeIn and the Unica Corporation. Through her work at business-texting software provider Zipwhip and, Meyers has also built up a broad level of operational and board experience, which should stand her in good stead moving into her new role. 

“We are excited to welcome Carol to our Board of Directors as we focus Markforged on robust production and pursue our growth objectives,” said Shai Terem, President and CEO of Markforged. “Her deep marketing expertise in go-to-market strategies and successfully scaling organizations, will prove valuable as Markforged looks to grow and bring our platform to manufacturing floors around the world.”

‘Neighborhood 91’ swings into action 

Global rail and transit manufacturer Wabtec has begun operations at its ‘Neighborhood 91’ additive manufacturing facility on Pittsburgh International Airport’s Innovation Campus. Measuring some 11,000 square feet, the complex houses an SLM 800 3D printer, which is set to be used as a means of fabricating large-format, lightweight parts for rail clients. 

More widely, the facility is also central to Wabtec’s ambitions to simplify the supply chains behind transport-related spares, and it aims to 3D print 25,000 parts by 2025 for internal use. Additionally, its convenient location enables the firm to ship to anywhere in the world within 24 hours, potentially positioning it to help future international clients improve their reliability of supply as well.

“Part of the vision for Neighborhood 91 is to highlight the assets of the region right at the airport so we can build on community strengths,” said Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis. “For Wabtec, a global manufacturing leader, to choose Neighborhood 91 for its advanced manufacturing is a sign that our region has all it needs to be a leader in this space.” 

SLM Solutions' SLM 800 3D printer installed at Wabtec's Neighborhood 91 campus. Photo via Wabtec.
SLM Solutions’ SLM 800 3D printer installed at Wabtec’s Neighborhood 91 campus. Photo via Wabtec.

Breakthrough medical factory opens

3D printed scaffold developer BellaSeno has announced the opening of a novel medical implant additive manufacturing facility. Backed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (IZI), the factory is set to operate using a ‘no-touch’ production process, allowing BellaSeno to safely scale its creation of ISO-certified breast implants

The firm’s 3D printing process, which is one of the first in Europe to gain ISO-13485 certification for both design and manufacturing, is reportedly capable of producing scaffolds with features down to a size of just 150 µm. For its part, Fraunhofer IZI has been responsible for ensuring the complex’s quality assurance and quality control compliance, and it has now transferred the relevant documentation to BellaSeno. 

“We are delighted to have established a truly unique additive manufacturing facility together with Fraunhofer IZI,” said Mohit Chhaya, CEO of BellaSeno. “This will not only ensure leading-edge manufacturing of our own products, but also enables us to provide contract manufacturing of resorbable medical implants for a wide range of applications.”

ARBURG establishes Shanghai hub

3D printer and injection molding systems manufacturer ARBURG has opened a new facility in Shanghai that’s designed to showcase its APF Freeforming technology to Chinese clients. Housing two sets of 200-3X and 300-3X machines, as well as an array of benchmarking materials, the Arburg Prototyping Center (APC) will also provide customers with a space to receive training and get hands-on experience. 

Alongside its German Lossburg HQ and Rocky Hill complex in the USA, the APC’s opening in China means that ARBURG now has a base in each of its core target markets. What’s more, while the APC has initially been established to target Chinese clientele, the firm has also left the door open to further Asian expansion, and it intends to continue hiring in the region moving forwards. 

“In Asia, we are experiencing growing demand for our Freeformer machines in applications that involve the AM of functional components made from original materials”, says Gerhard Böhm, MD of Sales and Services at Arburg. “The new APC in Shanghai is enabling us to expand our AM expertise strategically and respond specifically to the local needs of the Chinese market.”

“Our ARBURG China team now has a faster, more focused and highly practical way of helping potential freeformer customers meet their requirements.”

Airbus' new £40m facility was opened by the UK's secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy Kwasi Kwarteng (pictured). Photo via PES Media.
Airbus’ new £40m facility was opened by the UK’s secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy Kwasi Kwarteng (pictured). Photo via PES Media.

Airbus opens £40M UK Test Center 

Finishing this week’s round-up with aerospace manufacturer Airbus, the aircraft specialist has unveiled a new £40 million research and test center. Opened by the UK’s secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng, the Aerospace Integrated Research and Test Centre (AIRTeC) has been jointly funded as part of the British government’s wider ATI program

With more than 10,000m2 of gross internal floor space, the complex has specifically been built to host the structural testing of large-scale aircraft assemblies, including full wings as well as parts and related materials, by researchers from universities in addition to commercial partners, such as those operating in the maritime and nuclear sectors. 

Elsewhere, the factory features 65,000m² of reconfigurable testing space, a high-capacity load test machine, digital manufacturing lab with 3D printing capabilities and Airbus’ low-speed wind tunnel. Ultimately, the facility could prove vital to the firm’s Wing of the future program, through which it aims 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, UK chairman of Airbus. “AIRTeC will take our research and testing capabilities at Filton to the next level and will make us even more competitive for the future.”

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