K3D to BIC because of possibilities for collaboration

Open innovation and intensive cooperation between companies and educational institutions Brainport Industries Campus (BIC) are the reason for K3D to open a branch at BIC. K3D, a 100% subsidiary of Kaak Group with headquarters in Terborg, focuses on sharing knowledge and production capacity around 3D metal printing. In K3D's Printing Technology Centers, the industry has low-threshold access to the world of 3D printing.

For K3D, the move to BIC also means a renewed collaboration with the partners from AddFab: KMWE, NTS and Machinefabriek De Valk. Additive Industries – as supplier of the 3D printing machines – is also a member of this collaboration. Under the name K3D-AddFab, this consortium will develop its joint activities in the Brainport region. †In addition, BIC also gives us access to the education network, via Summa College, Fontys and TU Eindhoven,” says K3D director Luuk Wissink. †The interaction between teachers and the business community is essential to keep the future generation aligned with the needs of the market.K3D also offers training itself.

Wissink expects that the move to BIC will contribute to the development of the ecosystem around 3D metal printing. †Eindhoven is very important in this regard. It is not only about the printing itself, but also about the design beforehand and the post-processing afterwards. Together we are bringing the ecosystem to maturity and preparing the market for 3D printing.

Ferdinand Gbraken, director of SDK Vastgoed (VolkerWessels) and responsible for Brainport Industries Campus: “K3D-AddFab is a wonderful addition to the existing offer that we see at BIC. We are extra happy because this is a company that works so emphatically through open innovation and has a palpable urge for collaboration, which makes our entire campus stronger. The reverse also applies: K3D-AddFab can grow thanks to the BIC ecosystem and the education available here.

K3D-AddFab is part of the innovation program 'Factory of the Future'. This program has been drawn up by and with 75 companies, knowledge institutions and industry associations, in close collaboration with the province of Noord-Brabant, which also invests in this, Brainport Industries Coöperatie (BI) and the Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij (BOM). The innovations focus on Smart Industry themes such as robotic techniques, digital factory, multi-material 3D printing, industrial metal printing, high-tech software, future manufacturing skills and production logistics. The facilities for the Factory of the Future are currently being realized within Brainport Industries Campus. For more information: www.brainportindustries.com/nl/innovatieprogramma.

The move of K3D-AddFab is expected to take place in early 2020.

K3D
K3D is part of the Kaak Group and focuses entirely on 3D metal printing. Since 2016, K3D has had the Netherlands' first industrial MetalFab1 3D metal printer. More than 40,000 products have already been made with this printer, the majority of which have actually been used on industrial production lines and installations. K3D offers the Dutch industry low-threshold access to 3D printing knowledge, capacity and provides full support in design and manufacturing to make maximum use of the benefits of this new manufacturing technology. Interested companies can participate in shared service K3D Printing Technology Centers that are located in strategic locations for specific end markets such as aerospace, defense, medical devices, food-tech and high-tech systems. More information: k3d.nl.

Brainport Industries Campus
Brainport Industries Campus is a development and production location for companies and knowledge institutions in the high-tech sector. Each building offers facilities that multiple parties can use. The device can be easily adapted to the changing needs of users. BIC optimally facilitates its tenants in collaborating on new production techniques. The campus is also intended to show (international) visitors what the manufacturing industry in the region has to offer.

The Brainport Industries Campus is located near Eindhoven Airport, the A2/N2 and the Beatrix Canal. The total area is 200 hectares, of which a third is built on with five large industrial buildings. Brainport Industries Campus is a development and realization of SDK Vastgoed and is a collaboration with governments and industry. More information on
www.brainportindustriescampus.com† JLL advised landlord Brainport Industries Campus on this transaction. If you are interested in the possibilities of BIC for your company, please do not hesitate to contact Naomi Koppens or Koen der Children from JLL on 040 – 2500 100.

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