GF Enters Strategic Partnership with 3D Systems

3D Systems and GF Machining Solutions announced a partnership that will enhance metal parts production and redefine how manufacturers think about their manufacturing environments. 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 which enables more seamless and efficient workflow solutions through integration of 3D printers, materials, software, and electrical discharge machining (EDM) as well as milling and laser equipment. These new design and manufacturing options can lead directly into improved existing products, new designs, new business models, and new markets.

The companies plan to debut the first combined solution as a result of this partnership in conjunction with IMTS 2018, September 10 – 15, 2018, Chicago (3D Systems Booth#431608, GF Machining Solutions Booth #338754). Further combined solutions, which will be distributed over both sales networks, will follow over the next few years.

“We are excited about this new partnership of two industrial leaders”, GF CEO Yves Serra stated. “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 chief executive officer, 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.”

For more than 30 years, the companies have cemented their reputations as industry leaders and innovators. 3D Systems’ Co-founder and chief technology officer Charles Hull invented 3D printing which gave rise to the company and an industry. Today, 3D Systems delivers end-to-end 3D printing solutions that redefine manufacturing workflows for customers in the aerospace, healthcare, automotive, dental, and durable goods industries. GF Machining Solutions – in addition to building a reputation for its precision machining solutions – has demonstrated its market dominance with advanced automation and post-processing technologies. 3D Systems and GF Machining Solutions have a presence in more than 50 countries, which includes production facilities, research and development centers, and broad sales and service networks encompassing internal teams as well as channel partners. (Source: GF / 3D Systems)

Links: 3D Systems, Rock Hill, USA • Georg Fischer AG, Schaffhausen, Switzerland

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