Bossard, a Swiss fastener know-how and logistics group has acquired a 30% share in fellow Swiss firm Ecoparts, a 3D printing service bureau. The transfer is the most recent in a sequence of 3D printing offers made by the corporate in the previous couple of years.
Commenting in relation to the brand new shares, the corporate said, “This bolsters Bossard’s confirmed experience in supporting clients from the design part all the way in which to the manufacturing of advanced steel and plastic elements. As well as, Bossard is an progressive associate in terms of deciding on probably the most appropriate 3D printers and related manufacturing applied sciences.”
Swiss 3D steel printing experience
Ecoparts has 9 years expertise in additive manufacturing. As a companies, it offers a variety 3D steel and plastic printing companies, utilizing SLM, SLS, FFF, laminated object modelling (LOM) and chilly fuel spraying.
These applied sciences allow the corporate to create instruments, prototypes, light-weight parts, completed elements and hybrid constructions, which it produces utilizing eight steel additive machines, together with two EOS M270’s, one EOS M280 and 5 EOS M290’s.
Broadening the Bossard 3D printing portfolio
Bossard’s 30% stake in Ecoparts was purchased from the corporate’s two founders who, till now collectively managed a 50% share between them. The vonRoll infratec-Group, considered one of Switzerland’s longest-established industrial firms, and maker of electrical purposes reminiscent of energy technology, transmissions and storage, owns the opposite 50 p.c and plans on retaining it for the long run.
Beforehand, within the fall of 2018, Bossard acquired 49% of 3d-prototyp GmbH, a Swiss professional within the additive manufacturing of advanced plastic elements and fashions. In March of the identical yr, Bossard turned a reseller of TRUMPF’s laser steel fusion (LMF) and laser steel deposition (LMD) machines, which incorporates the TRUMPF’s TruPrint 5000.
As well as, the group has signed two distribution contracts, one with 3D printer and materials producer German RepRap, and one other with German chemical producer Henkel.
Collectively these acquisitions and partnerships give Bossard the distribution rights to 4 completely different 3D printing applied sciences: laser steel fusion, laser steel deposition, FDM, and stereolithography. Bossard may also provide 3D printing supplies, reminiscent of resins, steel powders, and filaments.
Trumpf’s Truprint 5000. Picture through Trumpf.
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