In 2013 AddLab was one of the first open innovation centers for 3D metal printing in Eindhoven. The partners KMWE, NTS-Group, Machinefabriek De Valk and K3D announced they plan to take their collaboration to the next level and scale their shared facility for true series production for applications in high-tech equipment and aerospace while changing the name to K3D-AddFab.
K3D already succeeded to implement their first collaboration in Terborg. After the purchase of their first MetalFAB1 in 2016, more than 45.000 industrial applications have been printed. Since K3D is acting as organizing partner, K3D-AddFab will be the second center in their growing distributed manufacturing network in The Netherlands. K3D-AddFab has teamed up with the Dutch industrial 3D printing equipment manufacturer Additive Industries, who will also provide process & application development support. The MetalFAB1 system of K3D-AddFab will be installed at the brand new Brainport Industries Campus (BIC) in Eindhoven and was handed over to the partners at Additive Industries headquarters in Eindhoven.