Additive Industries introduces new metal 3D printer with flexible build area

MetalFab 300 Flex aims to be a cost-effective entry point for metal additive manufacturing.

MetalFab 300 Flex aims to be a cost-effective entry point for metal additive manufacturing.

At RAPID + TCT 2024 this week, Netherlands-based Additive Industries unveiled its newest metal 3D printer: the MetalFab 300 Flex. Designed with an on-demand build platform size, the new printer is intended to making metal additive manufacturing (AM) more accessible and scalable. Using powder bed fusion (PBF), the MetalFAb 300 Flex incorporates two full-field 500W lasers into a baseline build volume of 11.81in x 11.81in x 15.75in. As its name implies, the MetalFab 300 Flex can also offer a larger build volume of 16.54in x 16.54in x 15.75in, accessed via a monthly or lifetime license. The number of lasers can also be doubled to improve productivity.

Image: Additive Industries.

The baseline machine is priced at $730,000, which puts it on roughly the same level as a medium-sized metal 3D printer. According to the company, this is the only 3D printer with the option to increase the size of the build area on-demand. Beyond it’s flexible build volume, the MetalFab 300 Flex also caters to new additive users with integrated powder handling.

“Our mantra is to keep operators away from metal powders,” explained Additive Industries strategic marketing director, Kartick Rao, at the press conference launching the new machine.

Mark Massey, Additive Industries CEO added, “This announcement is about more than a new machine: it’s about making this technology accessible to more people.”

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Ian Wright

Ian is a senior editor at, covering additive manufacturing and 3D printing, artificial intelligence, and advanced manufacturing. Ian holds bachelors and masters degrees in philosophy from McMaster University and spent six years pursuing a doctoral degree at York University before withdrawing in good standing.