3D Systems and GF Machining Solutions announce partnership
By Kristina Urquhart
August 16, 2018 – 3D Systems and GF Machining Solutions (Georg Fischer AG) have announced a partnership that will allow manufacturers to produce complex metal parts with tight tolerances, and reduce the total cost of operation.
GF Machining Solutions is a provider of complete solutions to the precision machining industry and to manufacturers of precision components, and 3D Systems is the additive manufacturer that invented 3D printing.
The integrated solutions planned will deliver a new concept in factory automation that includes software for enhanced part design, 3D printers, materials and automated material handling, electrical discharge machining (EDM), milling equipment and advanced post-processing technologies. These new design and manufacturing options can lead directly into improved existing products, new designs, new business models and new markets. 3D Systems and GF Machining Solutions have a presence in more than 50 countries, which includes production facilities, research and development centres, and broad sales and service networks encompassing internal teams as well as channel partners.
“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,” said Yves Serra, chief executive officer, Georg Fischer.
“As industry leaders, both companies share the same vision for transforming manufacturing,” said Vyomesh Joshi, president and chief executive officer, 3D Systems. “We are looking forward to delivering integrated technology solutions to provide our customers with significant competitive advantage through reduced production time, faster time to part, and overall lower total cost of operation.”
The companies plan to debut the first combined solution as a result of their partnership at IMTS 2018.