3D Systems (Rock Hill, SC) and GF Machining Solutions (Geneva, Switzerland) have entered a partnership that will enhance metal parts production and redefine how manufacturers think about their manufacturing environments. By combining 3D Systems' innovation and expertise in additive manufacturing with GF Machining Solutions' precision machining knowledge, the partnership will enable manufacturers to more efficiently produce complex metal parts within tight tolerances, and reduce total cost of operation.
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 enables professionals and companies to optimize their designs, transform their workflows, bring groundbreaking products to market, and drive new business models. The company offers plastic and metal 3D printers, print materials, on-demand manufacturing services, and end-to-end manufacturing software solutions. For example, its precision healthcare capabilities include simulation, Virtual Surgical Planning, and printing of medical and dental devices as well as patient-specific surgical instruments.
GF comprises three divisions: GF Piping Systems, GF Casting Solutions, and GF Machining Solutions. GF is the preferred partner of its customers for the safe transport of liquids and gases, lightweight casting components, and high-precision manufacturing technologies.