Bosch invests in 3D printing

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Bosch has given its public backing to 3D printing services as a future-proofing measure, with the investment in Ultimaker.

After comparing several desktop 3D printer firms, the additive manufacturing arm of the company has opted to invest on a global scale in 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker’s products.

A Bosch spokesman said, “Our strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected world. In order to save time and costs, and for a faster time-to-market for its new products, we decided to invest in desktop 3D printing on a global scale.

“Now, with the Ultimaker roll-out, all departments of the additive manufacturing department of Bosch can benefit from a uniform 3D-printing solution with materials, training and global support.”

The printers will now be used in locations across Germany, Hungary, China, India, the USA and Mexico for printing of prototypes, tooling, jigs and fixtures as a way of cutting manufacturing and design costs.

“We are very happy that this well-respected, leading supplier of technology and services chose our desktop 3D printers after an intensive selection procedure by its additive manufacturing department,” said Jos Burger, CEO at Ultimaker.

“We are working hard to make 3D printing accessible by continuously improving our hardware, software, materials and services. This global investment of Bosch confirms that our 3D printing ecosystem is ready to advance innovation on a global scale. The quality and speed of our service is the same in all countries, which helps our clients to go from an idea to manufacturing validation in just a few days, no matter where they are in the world.”

February 23, 2018

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