Cincinnati Inc., Multiax America Form Partnership
“Because an overwhelming majority of BAAM-printed parts require secondary machining, we’ve had a goal to partner with a leading CNC machine manufacturer for some time,” says Alex Riestenberg of Cincinnati Inc.
Cincinnati Inc.’s Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine.
Cincinnati Inc. (CI), a build-to-order machine tool manufacturer, has partnered with Multiax America, a custom designer of CNC machining centers. The partnership is expected to enable the companies to offer products in the additive manufacturing (AM) space.
Parts almost always have to be machined after they’re 3D printed, says CI. This secondary machining process gets the part to its final dimension and smooths the surface. Whether it’s a mold or a trim fixture, chances are the part requires follow-up machining. This is the premise for the partnership, through which Multiax now offers CI’s Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine, and CI in turn offers the Multiax line of five-axis routers.
A Multiax America moving-bridge machining center.
“Because an overwhelming majority of BAAM-printed parts require secondary machining, we’ve had a goal to partner with a leading CNC machine manufacturer for some time,” says Alex Riestenberg, AM product manager at CI. “Multiax is that manufacturer. Our open-book relationship will make both of us stronger, and it will ultimately better serve the customer.”
The applications that see the most success with the BAAM machine are tooling and molds for the aerospace, marine and automotive industries, all of which require CNC machining, the company says.
“Our partnership with Cincinnati Inc. allows us to offer customers one of the finest 3D printing systems in the market today. We believe CI will have a similar advance with their customers and our Multiax CNC router systems,” says Ed Gauthier, CEO of Multiax America.
A Multiax P Series moving bridge machine will now reside alongside the BAAM machine at the CI showroom in southwest Ohio.
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