Apr 25, 2017 | By Tess

Thyssenkrupp, a Germany-based industrial group, has announced plans to open a 3D printing center that will allow it to produce 3D printed parts and products for its clients. According to the announcement, the upcoming 3D printing center is expected to be inaugurated in September of this year.

The company, which is perhaps best known for manufacturing submarines, elevators, and other steel products, also has a significant amount of business producing metal and plastic products for roughly 250,000 customers around the globe, in addition to providing supply-chain management services.

With its newly announced 3D printing center, Thyssenkrupp is hoping to capitalize on the benefits of additive manufacturing technologies and plans to deliver a variety of both plastic and metal 3D printed products. At this point, the company has not revealed further details on what types of products the new additive manufacturing center will be making.

Hans-Josef Hoss, executive board member of Thyssenkrupp Materials Services division, commented on the announcement this week at Hannover Messe 2017. “We have decided... to establish our own 3D printing center," he said. "We have invested already into the machines. We have invested already in the people—they are there. They are already producing. We start from the engineering side and deliver the final product with all after-sales and related services.”

With 3D printing technologies on the rise, and with Wohlers predicting that 3D printing sales will reach $26.5 billion by 2021 (up from $5.2 billion in 2015), it is no wonder that Thyssenkrupp is hopping aboard the additive manufacturing train in what seems like a significant move. 3D printing technology, as many readers will already know, is making it possible to manufacture complex and customized small-batch parts in a materially efficient and cost-effective way.

Hannover Messe, where the German industrial group made its big announcement, is the world’s largest industrial fair. Thyssenkrupp’s news is the latest to come out of the industrial fair, as we’ve already reported on a number of other exciting 3D printing announcements that have been made there, including SAP SE’s new SAP Distributed Manufacturing application, and Siemens’ plans to develop a collaborative online platform that will enable on-demand product design and 3D printing production on a global scale.

Also at the event, General Electric (GE) announced it was investing 100 million euros (roughly $109 million) into a newly acquired 3D printing production site in Lichtenfels, Germany.

 

 

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