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a-metal – affordable, compact and safe metal 3d printing


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Données de projet

  • Numéro du projet: GRS-053/22 
  • Subside accordé: CHF 150'000 
  • Consentement: 01.11.2022 
  • Durée: 01.2023 - 12.2023 
  • Champs d'activité:  InnoBooster, seit 2018

Direction du projet

Description du projet

Today, there are many obstacles for SMEs or inexperienced enterprises to get into additive manufacturing technologies. Especially for metal-based AM technologies, machines are very expensive, very big and the handling is unsafe. After talking to more than 100 leads in the aerospace, medical, dental and tooling industries, first ordered and pre-paid pilot machines show, that we developed a great machine concept to address the sme industries' needs. Our vision is to boost the innovation power and sustainability of the economy by making metal 3d printing more accessible to the broad industry. Thanks to our affordable, compact, and safe machine solution, we enable SMEs, small R&D departments, and the education sector to enter the professional metal additive manufacturing. Besides the compact desktop machine, we provide the needed powder material in safe cartridges and an easy-to-use software package. The machine can be operated by any person with an artisan background and does not need a cleanroom environment, which reduces infrastructure costs. This will open a professional entry-level metal 3d printing market in an existing fast-growing USD 12bn 3d-printing market.
The funds granted from Gebert Rüf Foundation will be used to boost our product development and grow our team. This will enable us to launch our pilot program already in Q2 2024.

Etat/résultats intermédiaires

After having a fully functional MVP printing high quality benchmark parts, and further iterating mechanics, electronics and software we are again on track to deliver the first pilot machine to an industrial customer in the end of Q2 2024.


Personnes participant au projet

Stephan Steiner, project manager, process and business development
Andreas Kuster, technical lead, electronics and software development
Florian Sercelj, mechanical engineer

Dernière mise à jour de cette présentation du projet  10.07.2024