Materialise—a Belgium-based additive manufacturing (AM) software and 3D printing services provider—has acquired ACTech, a Germany-based manufacturer of prototype and small-batch cast metal parts, to expand its manufacturing solutions for metal 3D printed parts.
ACTech possesses more than 20 years’ knowledge and experience in the production, treatment and quality control (QC) of complex metal parts. The company employs both the investment and sand casting processes, depending on customers' requirements.
Through its acquisition of ACTech, Materialise expects to accelerate development of its metal competence center and achieve a stronghold in the metal 3D printing market.
Furthermore, Materialise plans to develop and improve its metal AM software suite by learning from ACTech and its metal manufacturing environment.
ACTech’s customers are said to benefit from the acquisition in terms of being given access to Materialise's metal 3D printed parts service for pre-production design iterations.
Materialise intends to leverage its metal 3D printing expertise to bolster ACTech’s position in markets where complexity and speed are considered paramount.
‘ACTech knows metal and how to shape it to production standard, and we know metal 3D printing,’ commented Wilfried Vancraen, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Materialise. ‘Bringing those two competencies together is vital to the delivery of high added-value metal 3D-printed parts for specialized applications.’
He added: ‘For over 27 years, we have always been there as a leading, comprehensive provider of solutions in industrial polymers printing. That position has enabled us to both develop and serve a growing demand for certified manufacturing with dedicated software and solutions. By joining forces with ACTech, we will accelerate that same strategy for metal manufacturing.’