3D Systems, Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA, and GF Machining Solutions (GFMS), Schaffhausen, Switzerland, a division of Georg Fischer AG, have announced an expanded partnership in the Greater China region which they state will enable customers in the region to enhance their metal parts production and redefine their manufacturing environments.
By combining 3D Systems’ Additive Manufacturing experience and technology with GF Machining Solutions’ experience in precision machining and industrial automation, manufacturers are now expected to be able to more efficiently produce complex metal parts within tight tolerances, and reduce the total cost of operation.
“The Chinese and Taiwanese markets are known for global manufacturing leadership,” stated Herbert Koeck, executive vice president and General Manager, Global Go To Market, 3D Systems. “Manufacturers in this region are looking for ways to transform their production workflows in order to maintain their competitive position. Our joint metal 3D printing solutions with GF Machining Solutions fit seamlessly into the traditional shop floor and are unmatched in the industry.”
As of August 2019, manufacturers in China and Taiwan can now order 3D Systems’ and GF Machining Solutions’ co-branded DMP Factory 500, DMP Factory 350 and DMP Flex 350 solutions for metal AM. The companies’ co-branded solutions – which integrate traditional and Additive Manufacturing technologies – offer scalable, digital factory automation that includes software for digital production workflows, including: part design, Additive Manufacturing systems, materials, electrical discharge machining (EDM), milling equipment, post-processing technologies, and services.
Customers in the Greater China region will also have access to GF Machining Solutions’ Customer Innovation Center (CIC) in Shanghai. The CIC provides customers with the opportunity to consult and collaborate with members of the 3D Systems and GF Machining Solutions teams to develop applications and solutions for metal AM. As part of this process, manufacturers will reportedly have the ability to benchmark their parts and products to ensure quality control and validate final parts against specifications.
“China and Taiwan are strategic key markets for GF Machining Solutions where we support our customers with an organisation of more than 350 direct application, service and sales personal,” stated Laurent Castella, Head of Market Region Asia, GF Machining Solutions. “We are delighted to enhance the support to our customers in the transition towards Additive Manufacturing, with our new Customer Innovation Center (CIC) in Shanghai and by a dedicated group of Additive Manufacturing experts.”