Australian start-up Additive Assurance goes global Announces partnership with Volkswagen

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Media Release by Additive Assurance

Additive Assurance, an Australian start-up providing world-leading quality assurance solutions for additive manufacturing, today announced a partnership with global car manufacturer Volkswagen.

Spun out of Monash University and backed by IP Group, Additive Assurance has developed an innovative technology solution, AMiRIS™, for quality assurance in metal additive manufacturing (3D Printing).

Able to detect, notify and correct variations in the 3D printing build process, AMiRIS™ offers a unique solution to inconsistent production quality, a huge problem faced by the industry.

Additive Assurance has signed a partnership with Volkswagen to develop a manufacturing system to suit the global car manufacturer’s production printers.

Additive Manufacturing will allow Volkswagen to develop and produce car components and prototypes faster, with greater flexibility and using fewer resources.

Volkswagen will use Additive Assurance’s innovative AMiRIS™ solution to verify the quality of each individual part that is printing, ensuring exact replicas are produced.

Commenting on the partnership, Additive Assurance Co-Founder, Marten Jurg, said: “Metal additive manufacturing is taking the world by storm, but quality is still not at the level it needs to be for important applications. We see a huge opportunity for Additive Manufacturing and are thrilled to be working with a leading company like Volkswagen to transform how they develop their products.”

Oliver Pohl, who leads the Additive Manufacturing division at Volkswagen commented: “Volkswagen is actively integrating additive manufacturing in their workflow and by adopting the pioneering solution for quality assurance from Additive Assurance, we will be able to further push the boundaries towards serial production using additive manufacturing”.

AMiRIS™ combines hardware that observes each layer during printing and cloud-based machine learning software to generate a real time map of defects. The solution then analyses and feeds this information directly back to the operators.

Volkswagen will install the AMiRIS™ unit on their Additive Manufacturing printer at the car maker’s 3D printing facility in Wolfsburg, Germany.