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PartsToGo adds four Stratasys Neo SLA systems to scale AM capabilities

The German service bureau is opening of a new dedicated production facility to meet growing customer demand

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German company PartsToGo has invested in another four stereolithography (SLA) printers from Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS). The AM service provider selected three Neo800 printers and one Neo450 to complement their existing Neo450 and Neo800 to produce high-quality, accurate and repeatable parts for their customers’ industrial-level application needs. The investment brings PartsToGo’s total Neo fleet to six systems, with a seventh Neo planned for installation in the next few weeks.

These Neo printers will play the leading role at a new specialist facility that PartsToGo has established in the Black Forest region. This facility, which opened its doors at the start of this year, offers 24/7 production and features updated logistical capabilities, a dedicated showroom, as well as two automation cells for scaling 3D printing production.

PartsToGo has evolved from an operation geared toward demonstrating 3D printing capabilities to customers, to a full-fledged service bureau. This was spurred by an increasing demand among customers without in-house additive manufacturing expertise, or those who lacked the production requirements to warrant investment in their 3D printer.

PartsToGo adds four Stratasys Neo SLA systems to scale AM capabilities, with new dedicated production facility to meet growing demand
A part produced using the Somos WaterShed Black material.

“The ability to create large, high-quality parts, with an open material system on our Neo printers has led to many new business opportunities for our company,” said Tobias Röcker, CEO of PartsToGo. “Our additional printers allow us to scale production to meet the rapidly growing market needs while smartly managing our operational costs.”

According to Röcker, the Neo printer’s stereolithography-based resin technology is critical to creating the high-quality, repeatable parts expected by customers.

“A large part of our customer base is in the automotive industry, a sector in which accuracy, reliability, and repeatability is paramount,” he noted. “Investing in accurate, high-quality systems like the Stratasys SLA solution empowers us to expand our 3D printing operation, moving it from a side project to its own standalone business. Beyond automotive, we also serve many other industrial customers, including those with packaging and electrical application needs, providing small series production for prototyping, testing, and fixtures.”

Essential to PartsToGo’s ability to deliver high-quality resin models are the Stratasys materials Somos WaterShed XC 11122 and Somos WaterShed Black, which Stratasys offers after acquiring Covestro’s AM materials business. These are versatile resins that deliver detailed parts with water resistance and a smooth finish, ultimately accelerating testing time. PartsToGo also uses Somos PerFORM for applications requiring a stronger, stiffer material with high heat resistance, such as tooling and electrical casings.

”The superior quality and part consistency from our Neo printers have not gone unnoticed by our customers who have responded very positively. In many cases we were even able to convince customers who previously used other suppliers of our quality,” Röcker summarized.

PartsToGo enjoys maximum flexibility in its choice of materials thanks to the open material system of the Neo series. Finishing time is reduced by up to 50% due to the quality, speed and detail, which ensures the production of highly accurate and repeatable parts.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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