GF Machining Solutions, 3D Systems Form Strategic Technology Partnership
The two companies are planning to unveil a jointly-developed additive manufacturing machine at IMTS 2018.
GF Machining Solutions (Lincolnshire, Illinois), a division of Georg Fischer AG, and 3D Systems (Rock Hill, South Carolina), have announced a strategic partnership for jointly-developed, integrated manufacturing solutions based on 3D printing. The partnership includes the development of a new generation of 3D printing solutions. It will combine 3D Systems’ metals additive manufacturing expertise with GF Machining Solutions’ subtractive metal manufacturing expertise. This is designed to meet the customers’ needs to produce complex metal parts within tight tolerances at a lower total cost of operation.
The launch of this partnership at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) next month is expected to include the unveiling of a new and jointly-developed additive manufacturing machine. Further joint products, which will be distributed over both companies’ sales networks, will follow over the next few years.
“We are excited about this new partnership of two industrial leaders”, says Georg Fischer CEO Yves Serra. “With the combined experience and expertise of 3D Systems and GF Machining Solutions, we are well-positioned to bring to our customers new manufacturing solutions based on 3D printing.”
“The 3D Systems and GF Machining Solutions partnership brings together two customer-centric innovators to redefine metals manufacturing,” says Vyomesh Joshi, president and CEO of 3D Systems. “As industry leaders, both companies share the same vision for transforming manufacturing. We are looking forward to delivering integrated technology solutions to elevate the customer’s processes and provide significant competitive advantage through reduced production time, faster time to part, and overall lower total cost of operation.”
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