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Swiss SLS solutions manufacturer Sintratec shuts down

The company's founders ensured continued support of the install base

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After a decade of innovation and service in the 3D printing industry, Benchtop/affordable SLS 3D printing pioneer Sintratec is ceasing operations effective immediately due to recent bankruptcy proceedings. Starting with the very first DIY SLS 3D printer kit, over the years, the company has served a diverse and vibrant community of customers and partners with increasingly advanced 3D printing solutions.

Swiss SLS solutions manufacturer Sintratec shuts down as the company's founders ensure continued support of the install base
Dominik Solenicki, CEO of Sintratec and Christian von Burg, CTO of Sintratec.

“The decision to shut down the company comes with a very heavy heart and is painful to accept in light of our recent successes,” said Dominik Solenicki, CEO of Sintratec. “Despite these we were unable to financially sustain the business. Bankruptcy is a reflection of current industry and capital market realities. I am profoundly grateful for all the connections we have made over the years and the incredible people who helped make Sintratec a reality. Your support and collaboration have been the cornerstone of our journey.”

Sintratec was founded in 2014 in Switzerland by a team of engineers from ETH Zürich and University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. As a pioneer in 3D printing Sintratec established the field of low-cost powder bed fusion by launching one of the very first desktop SLS 3D printers in 2014, the Sintratec Kit.

As VoxelMatters, and under our previous branding 3D Printing Media Network and 3dpbm, we have regularly reported on the company’s progress over the years however we also sometimes clashed with the management’s extreme focus on product development and limited dedication to product trade marketing and brand awareness growth initiatives. We were never able to go beyond a one-way relationship where we published press releases and included the company in articles about SLS technologies whenever it was possible, rather than be able to dedicate a full editorial and marketing effort to making its products known to those in our global audience that could benefit from them.

Sintratec went on to develop the modular All-Material Platform including the Sintratec S2 and S3 printers, combining various invitations to enable the fast exchange of printing material and a seamless scaling of production output. Backed by venture capital firms AM Ventures and Extorel, Sintratec grew to a leading 3D printing OEM with more than a thousand professional SLS systems shipped to customers in over 50 countries.

At VoxelMatters, we know very well that it’s not easy for a startup to dedicate resources – both human and financial – to actively marketing a great product. But it’s not always enough for a product to be the first, the best or the most advanced. Sooner or later investment funds run out, a larger competitor eats up market share, and the product must be able to run on its own legs and compete, which means it must be able to truly scale and be profitable. Trade media is there to help startups make that step, especially in the earliest stages, but it has to be a two-way, synergic, collaboration.

Swiss SLS solutions manufacturer Sintratec shuts down as the company's founders ensure continued support of the install base

“After ten years of pushing boundaries, I am sad to see Sintratec’s story concluding. It was my personal privilege to build and work with a team of highly skilled and motivated individuals,” added Christian von Burg, CTO of Sintratec. “We are confident our technology will continue to make an impact. While we are saddened to close down Sintratec, our focus has shifted to ensuring our customers receive continued support. We are deeply grateful to Alex and his team at 3DChimera, as well as Alexandre and Denis and their team at KREOS for delivering world-class services over the years and stepping up to carry on the legacy of supporting our fleet.»

As this chapter closes, the company’s priority is to reduce disruptions for its customers and resellers worldwide. To this end, Sintratec secured partnerships between its supply chain and our resellers, 3DChimera and KREOS, to continue providing after-sales services to its global network of resellers and direct customers.

KREOS, Sintratec’s trusted reseller based in France, will be handling the provision of spare parts and printing materials for customers in the EMEA region. 3DChimera, Sintratec’s U.S. based reseller, will extend its services to both U.S. customers and the rest of the world.

 

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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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