3D printing offices on the rise: Sandviks BEAMIT takes over 3T Additive Manufacturing – 3DPrint.com
The BEAMIT Group has taken over the supplier 3T Additive Manufacturing for polymer and metal additive manufacturing (AM) from the German holding group AM Global. The deal is the first step in BEAMIT’s global expansion and will help strengthen the integration and industrialization of the AM value chain for the series production of high-end components. Headquarters in the Italian city Fornovo di Taro, BEAMIT has already made the transition to series production with key customers and currently produces more than 10,000 components annually.
As part of BEAMIT, 3T will expand its capabilities across the AM value chain to include special processes in the areas of advanced heat treatment, non-destructive testing (NDT), and complex machining and post-processing. The deal will also complement joint research and development programs for next-generation materials and processes, and further consolidate service bureaus in the 3D printing industry.
In 2019, high tech engineering group Sandvik acquired a significant stake in BEAMIT and built a strong industrial partnership with leadership skills along the AM value chain, including Sandvik’s materials expertise and extensive metal powder capabilities. Sandvik is based in Sweden and develops, manufactures and markets tools for metalworking applications, machinery, rock excavation, stainless steel products, specialty alloys, and resistance heating materials and process systems.
Sandvik had previously made significant investments in a wide range of AM process technologies for metal components, including powder bed melting and binder blasting, to cover every part of the AM workflow chain, from metal powders to finished components. By investing in BEAMIT, Sandvik looked forward to adding value to even more industrial customers using AM.
“The AM sector is rapidly evolving and there is a need for dedicated AM partners with expertise across the AM value chain, not to mention the resources required to help industrial customers develop and launch their AM programs . Not many AM service companies in the market can offer a complete end-to-end process for the additive manufacturing of complex, high-end components, ”said Kristian Egeberg, President of Sandvik Additive Manufacturing.
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3T is headquartered in Newbury, UK, and manufactures a wide range of products for its customers, from one-off prototype parts for testing and testing to production runs of end-use components – often in just a few days. 3T holds some of the highest quality part-delivery certifications in industries such as aerospace and medical and is an approved serial production supplier for many of the leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the UK, US, Europe and Japan. Thanks to various metal 3D printers, the company can deliver on-demand parts to companies such as the automobile manufacturers Aston Martin and Rimac or the aerospace company Leonardo.
3T focuses on creating products to each customer’s exact specifications and works with companies to create bespoke mass-produced parts. In 2020, 3T, together with researchers from the space company Launcher, 3D printed a copper rocket chamber in a short time and developed customer-specific bicycle components for bicycle mounts with RaceWare. Another bicycle company, HEXR, attempted to create bespoke bicycle helmets that would meet each customer’s exact specifications. Working with 3T, the team used Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D printers and 60-watt lasers to carefully sinter a castor oil powder into each helmet’s unique honeycomb core. The entire process of custom text and image engraving takes over 24 hours and costs customers £ 299 ($ 410).
According to Daniel Lichtenstein, Managing Director of AM Global, 3T has seen tremendous change in the past 12 months and continues to be a leader in AM technology. Although AM Global is now “handing over” 3T Additive Manufacturing to BEAMIT Group and Sandvik, Lichtenstein reiterates that this acquisition reinforces AM Global’s strategy to accelerate the industrialization of 3D printing of high-end components for the most demanding industries.
After previous mergers with the AM service office ZARE, the innovative startup Pres-X for 3D reprinting processes and Proxera, the latest acquisition of 3T BEAMIT will offer unique functions. 3T complements the company’s fully integrated value chain and more than 20 years of experience in additive manufacturing with established, qualified companies. For the President of BEAMIT, Mauro Antolotti, the 3T acquisition offers “a high level of added value and know-how to use synergies” and to consolidate and strengthen the AM service offering. By working with 3T, BEAMIT is trying to create the most progressive and largest AM service provider in Europe to help customers in various industries transition to 3D printing while promoting the adoption of the technology.