Additive manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing

KMWE uses Laser Powder Bed Fusion technology, an additive manufacturing technology (3D printing), in which powder is joined together to create complex components. This technology has numerous benefits, including:

  • Increased design freedom
  • Lightweight construction
  • Part count reduction
  • Improved sustainability
  • Improved lead times

By utilizing this technology, we can create smarter solutions for our customers and help them improve their business. Contact KMWE if you would like to know how this technology can move your company forward.


KMWE Additive

KMWE has been a pioneer in metal additive manufacturing and collaborated within several partners for almost 10 years. We are now taking the next step by setting up a dedicated production facility for the serial production of complex metal additive manufacturing components.

This facility, located next door to our headquarters on Brainport Industries Campus, will house all the aspects that are required for this. This allows us to offer a one-stop-shop solution for function critical components.

In order to manufacture these components consistently and reliably, we have combined relevant industry standards (e.g. ASTM/ISO 52920) and client specific production standards with our manufacturing expertise to ensure the highest possible quality for our customers.
We expect our facility to be operational in Q1 of 2024.

While the new facility will be set-up for serial production, we will continue to work together with our partners of K3D / AddFab for the purpose of Research and Development. We will prototype these new serial applications as well.



Our Additive vision

Additive Manufacturing offers many opportunities. Opportunities to create smarter solutions for existing problems and the ability to stretch the current manufacturing possibilities. By using this technology, we aim to help our customers to improve their product portfolio.

Our drive to offer our customers the best solutions means we will have to think ahead, and select and develop the relevant production technologies of the future.


Come talk to us at Formnext and Precision Fair

Formnext – Where ideas take shape

As the hub for Additive Manufacturing, Formnext is the international meeting point for industrial 3D printing experts and production professionals from a wide range of application industries. Formnext bundles expertise and creates a unique experience focused on an intensive, professional exchange and access to the latest AM solutions. This combination enables the community to actively shape the next generation of intelligent industrial production. The annual meeting point for additive manufacturing will take place from 7 – 10 November 2023. Location: Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


Precion Fair – The meeting point for precision technology
The annual meeting point for precision technology will take place on 15 and 16 November at the Brabanthallen in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. The Precision Fair is the trade fair for the entire precision technology value chain: from mechatronic engineering & systems, metrology, vacuum & clean, micro processing & motion to production for high precision.
This year, KMWE is visible at two spots during the 22st edition of the Precision Fair.:

  • Hall 1, booth #130
  • Hall 1, Additive Manufacturing spot, booth #14


Lecture Rob van loon at Precision Fair

An increase of lasers in modern AM machines, as well as progress on process parameters results in more components being suited for production with AM. These are often parts currently produced with subtractive manufacturing.

Besides adjustments to part design, it is always beneficial to rethink the tolerances set on part or assembly as best practices used in subtractive manufacturing like milling can have an adverse effect on part manufacturability and cost if produced via AM.

In this lecture we would like to show what is possible with the AM process, what can be achieved with post-processing and what should be avoided to create cost effective functional components.

You can join the lecture “Impact of tolerances on manufacturability and cost when producing via Metal Additive Manufacturing”, presented by Rob van Loon on Thursday 16 November (13:30 – 13:55 uur), Lectures hall 1.
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Talk to Rob van loon at Formnext

Due to the increase in design freedom, efficient use of lightweighting and other benefits offered by Additive Manufacturing there is a substantial benefit of using the technology in high precision components used in optical systems. Be it in semiconductor equipment or for space instruments, the possibilities are endless.

Some of the use cases will be shown during the talk “Use-cases of AM hardware in optical systems”, presented by Rob van Loon on Wednesday 8 November (10:40 – 11:40 uur), Formnext 12.1 D21
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Would you like to know more about the possibilities of additive manufacturing?

Additive Manufacturing is an area of expertise where one development follows the next in rapid succession. This has an effect on the designing of parts. They become function-driven.

KMWE has its roots in the conventional subtractive manufacturing business and the company currently deploys additive manufacturing as a technique for serial production as well. Especially for components that need to be as lightweight as possible, are function-integrated or require internal channels. This ensures that functionality is a top priority.

As Additive Manufacturing Engineer at KMWE, Rob van Loon is responsible for the metal 3D printing activities. He works together with K3D to deliver quality components.

In this video, Rob shows the development of a function-driven part, designed to be as lightweight as possible with the use of topology optimization.

Would you like to know more about the possibilities of additive manufacturing?
Schedule an appointment with Rob at [email protected] or +31 (0)6 46 86 25 23.


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