Midwest Prototyping announced today its partnership with the UK-based Additive Manufacturing Technologies Ltd (AMT), manufacturer of additive manufacturing post processing equipment. Additionally, Steve Grundahl, President of Midwest Prototyping, has joined the board of AMT.
Both companies have recognized the need for effective post processing of 3D printed parts and independently have been working towards developing integrated solutions for the 3D industry. This partnership deal brings together a unique industry combination of 3D printing experience from Midwest Prototyping and surface finishing solutions, from AMT which together provide the ‘missing piece’ in the digital process chain.
“Demand for surface finishing 3D printed parts is significant in the US. We are delighted to enter into this partnership as it will enable us to satisfy this demand. The partnership achieves our long-held vision of providing an automated high-quality surface finish to 3D printed parts,” said Steve Grundahl, President and founder of Midwest Prototyping. “The first PostPro3D machine, arriving at our facility in Blue Mounds, enables Midwest to deliver the quality surface finishing expected from our customers. We see our relationship with AMT developing further as both our businesses grow.”
As part of the partnership deal Midwest Prototyping will take delivery of a PostPro3D automated surface finishing machine in Q4 2017. PostPro3D, allows automated surface finishing of Laser Sintered and Multi Jet Fusion parts – Including Nylon and elastomeric materials. This enabling technology achieves for the first time an injection molded like surface finish on 3D Printed parts.
AMT and Midwest Prototyping will work together jointly to further develop manufacturing processes that integrate the full post processing work flow into the digital process chain.
CEO of AMT, Joseph Crabtree, said on the partnership announcement: “The deal with Midwest Prototyping is a major step in our growth story. The arrangement will provide a US presence for our PostPro3D machine with a company who is able to print parts on site then demonstrate and showcase our technology to wide range of potential customers. Having the support of Midwest provides a great springboard for future US sales … Steve’s wealth of additive manufacturing and commercial experience will strengthen the board significantly.”
This partnership will give AMT direct access to the world’s largest 3D printing market as the two companies will work together to market and sell PostPro3D machines, made by AMT, in the USA.