Ditzingen, Germany - Trumpf has entered into a joint venture for additive manufacturing with Italy's biggest laser manufacturer, Sisma. Trumpf Sisma will be based in Piovene Rocchette near Vicenza, Italy, where the companies will co-develop production systems for the 3D printing of metal components. Sisma has a 45% stake and Trumpf 55%.
Trumpf is working on rapid entry into this market well beyond making prototypes. According to Peter Leibinger, head of Trumpf Laser Technology, “In the future, the most important criterion where additive manufacturing lines are concerned will be their suitability for industrial applications.”
Sisma began development work on an additive manufacturing machine for the production of small metallic components several years ago. The company has annual sales of 33 million Euro and around 1000 laser devices sold each year. It has approximately 130 employees and has primarily targeted jewelry, fashion, dental, and industrial applications.
Trumpf first entered the additive manufacturing market in the 2000, with the TrumaForm, a universal tool for the generative manufacturing of metallic materials. The product was ahead of its time since the market for serial production of components had not yet developed. The company expects to benefit from its expertise in the related process of laser deposition welding, which is used in for repair and coating applications.