Bossard Group, a Swiss fastener technology and logistics company, has acquired a 49% stake in 3d-prototyp, a 3D printing service provider in Switzerland. The logistics company intends to acquire 100% of shares in 3d-prototyp within the next three years. This acquisition is part of Bossard’s long-term plans to establish itself in the 3D printing industry.
3D printing at 3D-prototyp
Bossard’s new partner 3d-prototyp is one of the largest 3D printing solutions providers in Switzerland. The company offers a range of 3D printing services, for both prototyping and end-use products. It has a collection of FFF/FDM 3D printers including the Stratasys Fortus 450, 900, 360, and 400, and the industrial grade Dimension Elite. In addition to FDM, 3d-prototyp also provides HP Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) technology through the 4200 system.
MJF technology was famously used by the company to create more lightweight helmets for the Swiss Guard.
Bossard’s advent on 3D printing stage
Earlier this year, Bossard became a reseller of TRUMPF’s laser metal fusion (LMF) and laser metal deposition (LMD) machines, which includes the TRUMPF’s TruPrint 5000.In addition to this, the group has also signed two distribution contracts, one with 3D printer and material manufacturer German RepRap, and another with German chemical producer Henkel, that has itself been ramping up efforts for 3D materials production.
Through these deals, Bossard now has distribution rights to four different 3D printing technologies: laser metal fusion, laser metal deposition, FDM, and stereolithography. Under the distribution agreement, Bossard can also supply 3D printing materials, such as resins, metal powders, and filaments.
According to Bossard, the investment in 3d-prototyp will enhance the logistic company’s knowledge of 3D printing technologies and widen its customer network in the industry. The company plans to make further strategic investments in 3D printing over the next few years.
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Featured image shows 3D printed functional parts. Photo via 3D-prototyp