DWS—an Italian producer of professional stereolithography (SLA) 3D printers and materials—and Techniplas, a USA-based manufacturer of critical components for the energy and mobility industries, have announced a partnership that sees DWS’s entire product portfolio being brought to the open innovation program at Techniplas’s Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center in Ventura, California.
The open innovation program aims to foster partnerships such as this, that deliver benefits gained from the sharing of technologies and expertise, thus creating new opportunities for growth in the 3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM). Having already attracted a number of 3D printing and AM companies, the program is described as ‘fast becoming a preeminent hub for Industry 4.0 collaboration’.
Commenting on the new partnership, Maurizio Costabeber, general manager at DWS, said: ‘Techniplas’s open innovation program is the perfect environment for our latest printers to deliver their true potential. We have found a partner that can open up completely new markets for us and help us mainstream the use of our digital manufacturing solutions within the automotive industry and beyond. We're proud to be a member of this fantastic program.’
Avi Reichental, vice-chairman of Techniplas and chief executive officer (CEO) of Techniplas Digital, added: ‘With the partnership we are accelerating the momentum and strengthening the commitment to design and develop the best digital manufacturing tools together with like-minded, industry leaders. DWS brings to this collaboration a comprehensive suite of precision printers capable of delivering high-volume metal castings and performance rubber materials that are ideal for automotive applications.’