Headmade Materials staffs advisory board with industry experts
Headmade Materials staffs advisory board with industry experts
Wuerzburg, September 30, 2020 - Headmade Materials, developer of the metal 3D printing process Cold Metal Fusion (Metal SLS), strengthens its strategic knowledge and brings industry expertise to the company by installing an advisory board. The innovative process developed by the Würzburg-based start-up enables 3D printing of metal parts for series production using low-cost 3D printers available on the market. The advisory board will strategically support Headmade Materials in scaling up the technology as well as market and customer development.
Since its constituent meeting in August 2020, the advisory board has been supporting Headmade Materials in both strategic and technical matters as it continues to build and expand its business. "We are very proud that with Dr. Eberhard Duffner, Joachim Zettler, Dr. Bernhard Wiedemann and Robert Gallenberger, we have been able to convince experienced industry experts of our company and thus establish a top-class advisory board," says Christian Staudigel, CEO and Co-Founder of Headmade Materials. "Thanks to the extensive network of the advisory boards as well as their many years of expertise in the fields of additive manufacturing, powder metallurgy and entrepreneurship, they can play a key role in the strategic development and positioning of Headmade Materials.”
With its Cold Metal Fusion technology, the Würzburg-based company combines the advantages of powder metallurgy with the opportunities of 3D printing and disrupts the world of additive manufacturing of metal parts. "Their novel process opens up a whole new range of parts for additive manufacturing and now enables 3D printing users to produce metal parts in higher volumes. They have created a 3D printing solution with robust processes that will permanently shape the possibilities of metal 3D printing," says Joachim Zettler.
Heart of the Cold Metal Fusion 3D printing process is the feedstock, which consists of metal powder and a polymeric binder that can be laser-sintered to form green parts. The green part is then debinded and sintered to produce a metal part, similar to metal powder injection molding. Dr. Eberhard Duffner believes that "Headmade Materials' solution is better than other sinter-based 3D printing processes at bridging the gap between powder bed processes for prototypes on the one hand and powder metallurgical processes such as metal powder injection molding for high volume production on the other. A major advantage is the unique binder system, which allows the feedstock to be processed on already mature equipment"
With the move to its new premises in autumn 2020, Headmade Materials will have the opportunity to further drive the focus on the development of the company and to use the expertise of the advisory board to deploy resources correctly. "The founders Christian Fischer and Christian Staudigel have already managed to build a powerful team. All the more reason for me to be pleased that I can now also contribute my many years of experience in the field of additive manufacturing and in supporting start-ups," says Dr. Bernhard Wiedemann. Of course, Robert Gallenberger is also proud "that we were able to win Dr. Eberhard Duffner, Joachim Zettler and Dr. Bernhard Wiedemann as advisors, who contribute both comprehensive know-how and experience. I am already looking forward to the work on the advisory board and the positive contribution to the development of the company".
About Dr. Eberhard Duffner
Dr. Eberhard Duffner has been with ARBURG GmbH + Co KG since 1986 and has been responsible for the entire product development in the areas of injection moulding and additive manufacturing as Head of Research and Development since 1995. During his tenure, he and his team have set technical milestones in the fields of plastics processing, injection moulding and powder metallurgy, and most recently devoted himself in particular to the development of the additive manufacturing system ARBURG Freeformer.
Before joining ARBURG GmbH + Co KG, he studied physics at the University of Tübingen and completed his doctorate in the field of theoretical quantum thermodynamics.
About Joachim Zettler
Joachim Zettler has been Managing Director since APWORKS was founded in 2013 and has established APWORKS with its services in various industries such as the automotive industry, robotics, mechanical engineering, medical technology and aerospace. Since 2020, he has also taken over as Head of the Additive Manufacturing division of Premium Aerotec GmbH. In his cross-company role, he will consolidate the product portfolio and align it in the best possible way with the customers of the various industrial sectors.
Before joining APWORKS and Premium Aerotec, he studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich, specializing in production technology, and held various positions as project manager and technical consultant for BMW and Airbus.
About Dr. Bernhard Wiedemann
Dr. Bernhard Wiedemann is Manager in Additive Manufacturing at Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH. He also supports Start-Ups and SMEs in cooperation with the Baden-Württemberg Agency for Lightweight Construction and the "Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs" management circle. He is a member of various Additive Manufacturing working groups as well as a member of the advisory board of the Agency for Lightweight Construction Baden-Württemberg. He also teaches "Technology and Innovation Management" as a guest lecturer at the Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences.
Prior to his current position, he worked as Director in the consulting company TMG Consultants GmbH. For more than 18 years he worked for the Daimler Group and held various management positions in the field of Additive Manufacturing as well as in innovation and technology management. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart, where he received his doctorate on "Rapid Prototyping". During this time, he worked as a guest researcher for a current global market leader in industrial 3D printers.
About Robert Gallenberger
Robert Gallenberger is partner of the btov Industrial Technologies Fund at the venture capital investment company btov Partners (https://btov.vc/industrial-tech-fund/). His focus lies in the technology fields of Industry 4.0 & Industrial IoT, Additive Manufacturing, CAD-CAM, Robotics & Automation and Data Analysis / AI for industrial process optimization. He currently serves on the advisory boards of the portfolio companies Dyemansion (www.dyemansion.com), Cybus (www.cybus.io) and Headmade Materials (www.headmade-materials.de).
Before joining btov, Robert Gallenberger worked for the Belgian VC and growth investor Gimv. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and as a production engineer with the BMW Group. Robert holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Munich, a Master of Science degree from the Ecole Centrale Paris and an MBA from the London Business School.
About Headmade Materials
Headmade Materials GmbH, Würzburg, Germany, develops materials and processes for metal 3D printing of serial parts. At the core of the technology is the sinter-based 3D printing process Cold Metal Fusion ("Metal SLS"), which enables customers to produce metal parts in series at low cost and in a scalable manner with quantities of up to 100,000 parts per year. By adapting the material, the process runs on established equipment from various manufacturers and considerably facilitates process integration and component certification. Headmade Materials offers customers full use of the Cold Metal Fusion technology as well as 3D printing services.
Further information at www.headmade-materials.de