De open innovatie en de intensieve samenwerking tussen de bedrijven en onderwijsinstellingen op Brainport Industries Campus vormen voor K3D de aanleiding om een vestiging op BIC te openen. K3D, een 100% dochteronderneming van Kaak Group met de hoofdvestiging in Terborg, richt zich op het delen van kennis en productiecapaciteit rond 3D metaalprinten. In K3D’s Printing Technology Centers krijgt de industrie laagdrempelig toegang tot de wereld van 3D printen.
Eindhoven, 4 June 2019
K3D to Brainport Industries Campus because of opportunities for cooperation
The open innovation and the intensive cooperation between the companies and educational institutions on Brainport Industries Campus are the main reasons for K3D to open a branch on BIC. K3D, a 100% subsidiary of Kaak Group, headquartered in Terborg, focuses on sharing knowledge and production capacity on 3D metal printing. At K3D’s Printing Technology Centers, the industry has easy 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 the supplier of the 3D printing machines -is also a member of this cooperation. 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 connected to the needs of the market. K3D also offers its own training courses.
Wissink expects that the step to BIC will contribute to the further development of the ecosystem around 3D metal printing. “Eindhoven is very important in this respect. It’s not just about the printing itself, but also about the design beforehand and the post-processing afterwards. Together we bring the ecosystem to maturity and prepare the market for 3D printing.”
Ferdinand Gremmen, director of SDK Vastgoed (VolkerWessels) and responsible for Brainport Industries Campus: “K3D-AddFab is a wonderful addition to the existing range that we already see at BIC. We are particularly happy because this is a company that works so emphatically through open innovation and has a tangible urge to cooperate, which makes our entire campus stronger. Moreover, K3D-AddFab can grow thanks to the BIC ecosystem and the educational base that’s available here.”
K3D-AddFab is part of the ‘Factory of the Future’ innovation programme. This programme has been drawn up by and with 75 companies, knowledge institutes and sector associations, in close cooperation with the province of Noord-Brabant, which also invests in this, Brainport Industries Coöperatie (BI) and the Brabant Development Agency (BOM). The innovations focus on Smart Industry themes such as robotics, 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 realised within Brainport Industries Campus. For more information:
The relocation of K3D-AddFab is expected to take place in early 2020.
K3D is part of the Kaak Group and focuses entirely on 3D metal printing. Since 2016, K3D has been operating the first industrial MetalFab1 3D metal printer in the Netherlands. More than 40,000 products have already been made with this printer, most of which are actually used on industrial production lines and installations. K3D offers the Dutch industry easy access to 3D printing knowledge, capacity and full design and manufacturing support to maximize the benefits of this new manufacturing technology. Interested companies can participate in shared service K3D Printing Technology Centers located at strategic locations for specific end markets such as aerospace, defence, medical devices, food-tech and high-tech systems. More information: k3d.nl.
About Brainport Industries Campus:
Brainport Industries Campus (BIC) is a development and production location for companies and knowledge institutions in the high-tech sector. Each building offers facilities that can be used by several organisations. The layout can easily be adapted to the changing needs of users. BIC optimally facilitates its tenants in cooperation with new production techniques. The campus is also intended to show (international) visitors what the manufacturing industry in the region has to offer.
Brainport Industries Campus is located near Eindhoven Airport, the A2/N2 and the Beatrix Canal. The total surface area is 200 hectares, a third of which will be built on with five large industrial buildings. Brainport Industries Campus is a development and realisation of SDK Vastgoed and is a collaboration with governments and industry. More information on www.brainportindustriescampus.com. JLL has advised Brainport Industries Campus with this transaction. If you are interested in BIC for your company, please contact Naomi Koppens or Koen der Kinderen of JLL via +31.40.2500.100.
First photo: Ferdinand Gremmen, Luuk Wissink (Photo © Ruud Balk) Third photo: Erik Veurink, Gijs Olde Kalter, Ferdinand Gremmen, Luuk Wissink, Niels Langenhuizen, Niels Dusee (Photo © Ruud Balk)
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More information: Luuk Wissink (K3D) 06-42204187, firstname.lastname@example.org Jolanda Maasakkers (BIC C.V. / SDK Vastgoed), +31.40.2504380
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