Micromolding company Accumold has acquired a Fabrica 2.0 micro additive manufacturing machine from Fabrica Group.
Accumold, Ankeny, Iowa, has specialized in the mass production of molded microplastic parts and components and macro parts with complex functions for more than 30 years. The vertically integrated company offers a complete package of microforming services – from design to toolmaking to injection molding and assembly – and works with micro- and sub-micron tolerances.
Accumold CEO and President Roger Hargens said the company had been watching the evolution of industrial AM / 3D printing to see how the technology can help serve customers better. He described the takeover as “an important strategic step that will further strengthen our market-leading references in the microform area. … It also helps ensure that the future of AM is not a substitute for traditional manufacturing processes that we use every day, but rather a complementary technology that increases the agility and versatility of our product development services. “
The Fabrica Group, which was acquired by Nano Dimension earlier this year, positions micro 3D printing as an alternative to traditional plastics manufacturing technologies. The key advantage is that 3D printing enables the design and manufacture of complex micro-geometries at no additional cost. And because AM eliminates the need for costly tools, designs can be changed with minimal effort.
The Fabrica 2.0 is designed to manufacture microscale medical and optical devices, semiconductors, microelectronics, MEMS and microfluidic devices, actuators, sensors and other tiny, complex objects.