At the start of FormNext, the world’s largest international trade fair for additive manufacturing technologies in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Additive Industries launched a new and unique initiative to pool the volume of generic consumables and services. The Additive Manufacturing Quality Co-operative (working title) is a not-for-profit entity that unites the customers of Additive Industries and allows them to pool the volume of metal powders, gases and generic services like testing of witness coupons, hipping of parts and other services where the volume normally is low, prices are high and lead-time is long. By joining forces with its customers, Additive Industries can standardize and control the quality of its consumable supply, especially the metal powders without increasing the cost. Whereas for other system manufacturers consumables are a revenue stream, Additive Industries has regarded this mainly as a cost reduction opportunity because of its focus to continuously reduce the total cost per part. The not-for-profit co-operative allows Additive Industries and its customers to offset the increased quality requirements of demanding markets like aerospace and medical.
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