TRUMPF Acquires SISMA Metal 3D Printing Venture
TRUMPF is a sizable and interesting player in the metal 3D printing world. One of the world’s biggest machine tool makers, the company has moved in and out of additive manufacturing (AM). It was an early developer of directed energy deposition (DED) systems in 2000 before making a more committed effort to 3D printing in 2014 through a joint venture, TRUMPF SISMA S.R.L., with Italian partner SISMA S.p.A., with TRUMPF owning 55 percent of the shares. Now, the German conglomerate is purchasing the entire entity.
TRUMPF will continue SISMA’s line of laser metal fusion (LMF) machines, allowing it to direct its technology as the industrial, dental and medical markets. Meanwhile, SISMA will continue focusing on the jewelry and fashion industry, for which it will distribute LMF systems on behalf of TRUMPF. TRUMPF SISMA is based in Schio, in Northern Italy, where about 60 employees have been developing LMF technology.
The news is interesting in light of TRUMPF’ssale of One Click Metal
, a TRUMPF spin-out dedicated to metal laser powder bed fusion (PBF) machines for $100,000. This suggests that the$3.5-billion
German machine tool maker is sticking to industrial applications, rather than entry-level machines that might be more useful for research purposes. Meanwhile, CNC machine manufacturer INDEX Group has acquired One Click Metal.
Indeed, it seems confusing that TRUMPF would give up stake in what could be an important segment of metal 3D printing only to acquire the SISMA project. Executive Editor Joris Peels pondered the larger strategy of the family-owned firm in a previous post:
The financial transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the year. What’s next for TRUMPF? It’s difficult to tell, but it’s hard not to think it has something up its sleeves.
via 3DPrint.com | The Voice of 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing https://3dprint.com
November 24, 2021 at 07:03AM