Laser manufacturer Trumpf has formed a partnership with US additive manufacturing firm Sintavia in order to accelerate the penetration of its TruPrint metal printers within the global aerospace industry. As part of the agreement, Trumpf will install its TruPrint 3000 system with industrial part and powder management at Sintavia’s current manufacturing facility in Davie, Florida in early 2018.
Trumpf's TruPrint 3000 system will be installed at Sintavia's facility in Davie. Florida in early 2018. (Credit: Trumpf)
‘Trumpf is a globally recognised leader within the high technology tooling and laser industries, and their machine customer support is the best in the world,’ said Brian Neff, Sintavia’s CEO. ‘Moreover, the TruPrint 3000’s build chamber is completely modular and secure – a requirement for Sintavia’s new Lean production facility. We are excited to work with Trumpf on the TruPrint 3000, and to grow the relationship into the future.’
‘Between Trumpf’s leadership in precision tool manufacturing and high technology laser applications, and Sintavia’s vertically aligned manufacturing platform, we feel that this development is a win-win for both parties,’ added Ralf Kimmel, general manager of Trumpf North America. ‘The TruPrint 3000 is both scalable and qualifiable, and we look forward to working with Sintavia as it goes through these processes with its numerous aerospace customers.’
The news comes following Sintavia’s plans to build a 55,000 square foot advanced manufacturing facility in Hollywood, Florida, which will serve as the firm’s new headquarters and quadruple its current production capacity. The facility is expected to be complete by mid-2018.
Sintavia's new 55,000 square foot additive manufacturing facility in Hollywood, Florida will house over $20 million of new machinery and provide 135 new jobs. (Credit: Sintavia)
‘With this new facility, we are excited to continue our leadership in the development of the metal additive manufacturing supply chain for OEMs in precision industries,’ said Neff. ‘We will use this additional space not only to grow our existing competencies in laser and electron beam melting, but also to industrialise new technologies such as metal binder jet manufacturing.’
In addition to the company’s current advanced manufacturing equipment and material laboratory, the new facility will house over $20 million of new machinery, including larger equipment, an automated powder handling system, an uninterruptable power supply, an inert gas farm, and an enhanced post-processing footprint. The expansion is anticipated to bring more than 135 new jobs for skilled employees and support staff to South Florida.
Sintavia has also recently announced two new additions to its leadership team, a new global vice president of sales and a new vice president of operations, J Louis Schlegel IV and Rick Clark respectively.
Sintavia's newest leadership appointments: J Louis Schlegel IV, global VP of sales (left) and Rick Clark, VP of operations (right) (Credit: Sintavia)
Schlegel will be responsible for the leadership of the Sintavia sales team, developing new business opportunities, and providing the company’s vertically integrated additive manufacturing supply chain solutions for Fortune 500 industrial companies globally. Clark will instead be managing customers’ production builds through Sintavia’s vertically integrated operation. He will also work to establish process flows and procedural infrastructure for Sintavia’s new Hollywood facility.
Doug Hedges, Sintavia’s president and COO, commented, ‘Rick and J’s experience with OEMs and advanced manufacturing technologies has made these appointments a crucial addition to the future of Sintavia. Their experience will help shape the direction of Sintavia’s digital factory, which will represent an entirely new way of approaching metal component production for OEMs in precision industries.’