Metal printing plan firmed up
Trumpf has agreed on a joint venture in the additive manufacturing sector with Italy’s biggest laser manufacturer Sisma.
They plan to co-develop production systems for the 3D printing of metal components. The technology has the potential of partially replacing methods such as milling or casting.
Today, companies from the most diverse sectors are qualifying components and products suited to additive manufacturing, rather than the conventional methods used.
Trumpf is working on rapid entry into this market, at its headquarters in Ditzingen, as well as together with Sisma.
The two joint venture partners, with their high level of expertise in laser and mechanical engineering, want to provide robust and productive machines for mass production.
“Many machines on the market today are aimed more at prototype construction,” says Dr Peter Leibinger, head of Trumpf Laser Technology.
“In the future, however, the most important criterion where additive manufacturing lines are concerned will be their suitability for industrial applications.”
Several years ago Sisma began work on developing an additive manufacturing machine for the production of small metallic components – and the Italian company is bringing this expertise to the joint venture.
The target markets of the laser and systems supplier are primarily jewellery, fashion, dental and industry.
Trumpf entered the additive manufacturing sector as a pioneer back in 2000. The TrumaForm – a universal tool for the generative manufacturing of metallic materials – was years ahead of its time because the market for serial production of components had not yet developed.