Plural Additive Manufacturing Partners with Trak Machine Tools
The additive and subtractive manufacturing businesses are uniting for increased service and expansion in the United States.
Plural Additive Manufacturing, the exclusive North American importer of the 3ntr family of additive manufacturing (AM) systems, has announced a partnership with Trak Machine Tools, a subsidiary of Southwestern Industries. Starting in December, 2018, Trak Machine Tools will begin to sell and support the 3ntr systems to its customers and markets through its direct sales representatives, resellers and showrooms in the Northeast and New England regions of the United States. Distribution will expand throughout 2019 to the rest of the country.
“Trak is an undisputed leader and enjoys an outstanding reputation for service and machine delivery with the critical shop floor knowledge that gets work done,” says Tom McKasson, CEO of Plural. “For small-volume production and the manufacturing floor, no one has better service and insight. The Trak service network will expand our integration capabilities in all US markets.”
“Plural understands the speed and growing functionality of modern manufacturing for operations like hybrid manufacturing of near-net shapes,” says Steve Pinto, president of Trak Machine Tools. “Like Trak, Plural has true manufacturing insight into capabilities and tolerances, while advising on realistic manufacturing goals. Our new alliance with Plural creates a team with knowledge for additive, subtractive and hybrid manufacturing with 3D printers, CNC mills, lathes and more.”Made in Oleggio, Italy, the 3ntr AM system is said to offer industrial-grade capabilities across aerospace, automotive and manufacturing applications. Open materials and engineered efficiencies result in 3D-printed part costs that are typically 50 percent less than the well-known commercial alternatives and incumbent manufacturing methods like milling and molding, according to the company.
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