The Swedish company Freemelt, listed on Nasdaq First North and known for its innovative 3D printing solutions, has signed a lease agreement for a second Freemelt ONE machine with IHI Europe Ltd. for its research facility in Cambridge, UK. The contract is worth approximately 3.5 million Swedish kronor, spread over just over two years, with an expected delivery in the fourth quarter of 2023.
IHI Europe Ltd. is part of the IHI Group, a global company headquartered in Japan that has been contributing to social development through technology since its foundation in 1853. IHI is committed to advancing additive manufacturing technology, which is underlined by the establishment of the IHI Additive Lab in 2019 in collaboration with IHI Corporate R&D.
As a long-standing customer of Freemelt, IHI has already achieved impressive results in material process development with the first Freemelt ONE machine and is now expanding the collaboration with a second machine due to increased research requirements.
Freemelt’s CEO, Daniel Gidlund comments, “I’m so proud and excited that a global leading engineering company like IHI is extending their trust to Freemelt by adding a second Freemelt ONE machine into their operation. This shows that our products and services are providing great value over time to our customers. It’s also extra great to see that Freemelt ONE is fulfilling the demand and expectations from industrial customers, regarding material process and application development. Freemelt has a unique product-offering, supporting the customer from initial material research and product development to a seamless transfer to mass production in the industrial machine eMELT. We look forward to the continued collaboration with IHI and have high expectations for the outcome.”
IHI Europe’s Head of Advanced Technology Development, Rachel Jennings comments,
“Our very first Freemelt ONE system was purchased in the first half of 2019, at which point it had already been 3 months since we started the journey with Freemelt. The experience gave me a unique insight into its development, and it’s been incredibly rewarding to see and be part of the huge progress the machine has made since then. The open architecture of the Freemelt ONE is allowing IHI Europe to discover new, innovative and unique ways of processing materials. I hope Freemelt and IHI Europe can continue to work together to open the AM landscape to new and exciting materials.”
The Freemelt ONE is optimized for materials research and accelerates the introduction of new materials and products in industrial applications. Freemelt offers unique solutions targeting mass production applications with its electron beam fusion (E-PBF) technology and extensive expertise in the processing of titanium, tungsten and copper. With this continued cooperation, Freemelt and IHI Europe underline their commitment to further enrich the additive manufacturing landscape and drive the development of new materials.