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3D Systems and Precision Resource enter metal AM partnership

Leveraging 3D Systems’ Direct Metal Printing (DMP) platform to catalyze metal AM applications in high-criticality markets

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3D Systems, a leading additive manufacturing company, and Precision Resource, a company producing critical components for the automotive, heavy-duty, aerospace, and medical device industries, have entered a partnership to scale and accelerate AM. Combining both organizations’ applications expertise with 3D Systems’ Direct Metal Printing (DMP) platform is expected to enable a faster path to market for applications in high-criticality industries.

As part of the agreement, Precision Resource is purchasing two 3D Systems DMP Flex 350 Dual 3D printers to be integrated into its manufacturing workflow in its AS9100-certified Huntington Beach, California facility. 3D Systems’ DMP technology, complemented by 5-axis machine centers and advanced inspection systems, will expand its portfolio of precision metal forming processes – offering new solutions to meet the evolving needs of Precision Resource’s customers and open new markets for the company.

Engineers from 3D Systems’ Application Innovation Group (AIG) partnered with the Precision Resource team to develop this solution. Both teams possess expertise in metal manufacturing processes as well as in high-value applications across a variety of industries. This engineering expertise combined with 3D Systems’ DMP technology, and Precision Resource’s extensive secondary finishing capabilities, resulted in an efficient and robust, end-to-end manufacturing solution for AM parts to meet the performance needs of high criticality components and solve lingering supply chain issues through vertical integration.

 

3D Systems and Precision Resource enter metal AM partnership - leveraging 3D Systems’ Direct Metal Printing (DMP) platform.
3D Systems’ DMP Flex 350.

3D Systems’ DMP Flex 350 platform is designed for flexible application use from application development to serial production. The quick swap build modules and fast powder recycling help accelerate production, and a central server manages print jobs, materials, settings, and maintenance to facilitate 24/7 productivity. Due to the unique vacuum chamber concept of the DMP Flex 350 printers, argon gas consumption is heavily reduced while delivering best-in-class oxygen purity (<25 ppm) resulting in exceptionally strong parts of high chemical purity, better metallurgical properties, and exceptional surface finish. The printer also includes 3DXpert software that supports every step of the AM workflow from design to post-processing.

“We are excited to partner with 3D Systems, a company that shares our dedication to excellence and innovation,” said Chris Gratton, General Manager of Precision Resource. “This partnership allows us to leverage the latest advancements in metal additive manufacturing, further positioning Precision Resource at the forefront of technological progress. This expansion into metal additive printing underscores Precision Resource’s ongoing commitment to providing exceptional value to our clients, customers, partners, and stakeholders. As we embark on this exciting new chapter, we remain dedicated to our mission of excellence and continuous improvement.”

“Manufacturing parts for high-criticality industries require precision without compromise,” said Jeph Ruppert, Vice President of Technical Business Development at 3D Systems. “Companies focusing on these areas require constant innovation to meet the accuracy, speed, reliability, and productivity demands of increasingly complex production. Bringing together the industry-leading technology and applications expertise of 3D Systems and Precision Resource will deliver increased quality, improved total cost of ownership, reduced time to market, and minimized supply chain disruption. I’m looking forward to seeing how our collaboration can amplify and accelerate the potential of metal AM.”

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