Feb 16, 2017 | By Tess
German machine tool manufacturing company DMG MORI has acquired 50.1% of shares in German additive manufacturing company REALIZER GmbH, strengthening the company’s 3D printing technology offerings.
With the acquisition, DMG MORI is adding selective laser melting (SLM), REALIZER’s specialty, to its already full arsenal of machining and manufacturing processes. In the additive manufacturing sphere, DMG MORI already has experience with laser deposit welding processes (through SAUER GmbH), and with the addition of REALIZER’s SLM technology and products, the company is excited to grow its AM business.
“This is the perfect complement to our high-tech machines in the field of Advanced Technologies,” said Christian Thönes, Chairman of the Executive Board of DMG MORI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT. “Selective laser melting in the powder bed opens up completely new areas of application for our customers.”
SLM 3D printing, which consists of sintering very thin layers of metal powder using a laser, has been REALIZER’s specialty for the past two decades, as the Borchen-based company pioneered the powder bed additive manufacturing process. With the acquisition, REALIZER’s SLM 3D printing systems will be developed and assembled both at its Borchen location and at DMG MORI’s facility in Bielefeld, both in Germany.
REALIZER SLM 300i system
In addition to acquiring majority shares in REALIZER GmbH, DMG MORI has also announced the launch of a new digitization startup, ISTOS. ISTOS, which stands for Innovative Software Technologies for Open Solutions, will be based in Düsseldorf, Germany, and will be responsible for developing digital production projects for DMG MORI and other partners.
Working alongside DMG MORI’s manufacturing, ISTOS will help to support DMG MORI clients on a digital front by offering “fully connected production processes.” In other words, ISTOS will take on the role of connecting link between DMG MORI’s network of machines and an integrated digital factory. The startup will be provided with CELOS, an app-based control and operations software developed by DMG MORI.
“With ISTOS we have successfully managed to attract and gain a complete team of 15 experienced IoT experts. By ISTOS we are speeding up our digital innovation process. I am convinced that ISTOS will support us and our customers with innovative solutions for digitization,” commented Thönes.
Currently, DMG MORI owns 85% of ISTOS shares, and the company is hoping to attract other strategic digital partners and investors. Initial results of the new startup will be showcased and presented at metalworking expo EMO Hannover, which is taking place from September 18 to 23.
DMG MORI made both announcements within the context of an open house event at DECKEL MAHO in Pfronten.
Posted in 3D Printer Company
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