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Wilting acquires three new metal printers from 3D Systems

Two single laser DMP Flex 350s and one DMP Flex 350 Dual

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Wilting, an industrial machining and metal 3D printing service provider, has added two of 3D Systems’ single laser DMP Flex 350 and one DMP Flex 350 Dual metal 3D printers to its manufacturing floor. Wilting has experienced significant growth in its business, and these new printers will help address both the increased production capacity and broader materials portfolio required by its customers. The installation of these three DMP Flex 350 systems, alongside the two that are already in use, will enable Wilting to dedicate printers to specific materials such as Titanium and Stainless Steel for 24/7 production of highly precise end-use parts.

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 the 24/7 productivity Wilting requires to meet customer demand. 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. The printer also includes Oqton’s 3DXpert software which supports every step of the additive manufacturing workflow from design to post-processing, to quickly and efficiently transition from a 3D model to successfully printed parts.

Wilting acquires three new metal printers from 3D Systems - two single laser DMP Flex 350s and one DMP Flex 350 Dual. Wilting began as a precision machining company that was helping a large manufacturer of semiconductor capital equipment produce complex metal parts to improve system imaging accuracy and productivity. In 2012, Wilting began working with 3D Systems’ Application Innovation Group (AIG) to accelerate the adoption of advanced metal AM capabilities and expertise in its facility in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Through this collaboration, Wilting built up its expertise in metal AM, post-machining, and post-processing. Using the AIG’s technology transfer process, 3D Systems engineers shared knowledge and provided training to the Wilting team to streamline and accelerate their transition to AM and safeguard their investment. As a result, Wilting produces optimized components designed for higher performance in semiconductor capital equipment and the analytics and mobility industries and is leveraging this expertise and its additional DMP Flex 350 systems to expand into new markets and applications. To accommodate this growth and provide room for future expansion, Wilting is in the process of moving into a new 183,000-square-foot (17,000 m²) facility that is planned to be fully operational by mid-2024.

“Since the start of our Competence Center for 3D Printing, we built up the expertise and experience to produce parts at an industrial scale with predictable quality in multiple grades of Titanium,” said Geert Ketelaars, Managing Director of Wilting. “The recent investment in three additional printers allows us to address the growing demand from customers across several industries to onboard their new product introductions and to broaden our materials portfolio with Stainless Steel.”

“We place our customers and their applications at the center of each engagement,” said Raph Alink, Account and Business Development Manager at 3D Systems. “3D Systems pioneered the use of additive manufacturing to deliver precise, reliable parts for semiconductor applications. In the early days of our relationship with Wilting, it was rewarding to share the application expertise our AIG had built from more than a decade working with semiconductor capital equipment manufacturers to scale their use of additive manufacturing. As an industry leader, the team at Wilting quickly realized AM’s advantages. It’s a big step for a company to bring AM in-house, and Wilting has already mastered the technology and is now transferring that into volume production for its customers. I look forward to seeing how our collaboration will continue to unfold, and the potential that AM will unlock for Wilting and its growth.”

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