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Solid Solutions acquires 3DPRINTUK

Building a production network under the TriMech umbrella

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Solid Solutions, a UK-based reseller of Dassault Systemes software, has acquired the leading London-based 3D printing service 3DPRINTUK along with GRM Consulting, a provider of provider design optimization services and software, with special expertise in advanced simulation, composite materials, and analysis.

Founded by Nick Allen in 2011, 3DPRINTUK is a specialist in low-volume production using SLS (selective laser sintering) and MJF (multi-jet fusion) additive manufacturing (AM) systems, along with a range of post-processing capabilities. The company bridges the gap between prototype and injection molding for clients spanning a range of sectors, from consumer products to marine and aerospace.

Thousands of clients across the UK rely on their expert service and industrial-grade production systems for on-demand additive manufacturing of prototypes, tooling, and end-use parts.

A focus on services

These recent moves follow TriMech’s acquisition of Solid Solutions in 2022, which brought together hundreds of technical specialists from across North America, the UK, and Ireland. Expanding their simulation consultancy team and adding 3D printing services with these two acquisitions helps Solid Solutions further expand its offerings. Along with the acquisition of recruitment specialists Solid People earlier this year, Solid Solutions continues to build a comprehensive set of services to help support its clients from design through production. In 2011 TriMech has also acquired the InterPRO Additive Manufacturing Group. 

Alan Sampson is TriMech’s Global CEO. He said that since Solid Solutions became part of TriMech, the integrated business has delivered on its strategy to expand and diversify service offerings: “We’re always seeking to enhance our position as the best-in-class partner to the advanced design, engineering, and manufacturing sectors across the globe. Bringing in the teams from both GRM and 3DPRINTUK sets the stage for further growth in key service areas. Each of these well-established, growing businesses provides an excellent foundation to build upon.”

Solid Solutions acquires 3DPRINTUK, building an additive manufacturing service and production network under the TriMech umbrella

Opportunities for growth

3DPRINTUK, founded in 2011, are specialists in low-volume production using SLS (selective laser sintering) and MJF (multi-jet fusion) additive manufacturing systems, along with post-processing capabilities. They bridge the gap between prototype and injection molding for clients spanning a range of sectors, from consumer products to marine to aerospace.

Director Nick Allen said he is excited about the opportunities for growth. “We’re thrilled about the acquisition,” Nick said. “For over a decade, the team at 3DPRINTUK has been committed to providing exceptional service to our customers. Throughout the years, we’ve grown organically, expanded our range of services, remained cost-competitive, and set a high standard for the quality of our 3D printed parts. Those who have followed us closely can attest to our consistent investment in technology and personnel, always with the goal of optimizing customer outcomes. Joining forces with Solid Solutions is the natural next step, as it will accelerate our growth potential, broaden and enhance our services for our customers, and enable them to benefit from the expertise and resources of a larger group of companies.”

“Serving as the dedicated 3D printing services team for the Solid Solutions Group, and tapping into their diverse client base, gives us a chance to share our expertise more widely. We’ll also have a chance to collaborate with TriMech’s Advanced Manufacturing Services experts in North America and work internationally to deploy best practices and emerging technologies for our clients,” he added.

The right mix of tools for the job

Sampson said that more specialized offerings in key areas are becoming increasingly important to engineering and manufacturing clients.

“Clients are seeking more depth of expertise and a single technology partner who can advise and guide them, while providing products and services that influence all aspects of their business,” Sampson explained. “Professional, reliable services fill clients’ gaps quickly and keep their work on track. And adding these new services enhances our ability to always bring the right mix of tools to the job.”

Leadership will remain consistent at both GRM Consulting and 3DPRINTUK.

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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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