INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Würth Additive Group, a Würth Industry North America company and the leader in physical and digital inventory, announced on November 18 that it has signed a global agreement with Rapid Shape GmbH, a technology company in the field of generative rapid prototyping and systems quick to manufacture. Agreement expands the group’s suite of 3D printing technology offerings, introducing the first resin 3D printer with automated features to enable light-free manufacturing processes and provide users with industrial-scale medical precision . Together they have created an industry-ready turnkey solution with the Würth Special Edition i30 and i50 models.
The agreement expands the Additive Group’s ability to support production-level additive manufacturing with Rapid Shape’s automated features, including a proprietary Auto Separator Module, a sharp katana-like blade, which enables the direct removal by cutting of the printed parts and subsequent automatic processing of the parts. The same reliability, precision and self-production capabilities that the medical field benefits from and demands are now available to our industrial customers in their own production facilities.
“Rapid Shape’s platform combines sophisticated workflows that allow it to meet the industrial demands of our customers,” said AJ Strandquist, Managing Director of Würth Additive Group. “They are ideally suited to support everyday C-parts with their in-line system capable of producing hundreds of thousands of parts per year. We are excited to bring this technology to our suppliers and customers to help produce their pieces in new ways.
“The partnership between Würth Additive Group and Rapid Shape is an exceptional example of the entrepreneurial spirit of the Würth Group,” said Dan Hill, Managing Director of Würth Industry North America, “Since its inception in 2020, the Additive Group has continually pushed to grow and offer new and innovative add-on services to our customers.Rapid Shapes’ impressive product range and capabilities make it an ideal extension of our offerings.
“Some competitors don’t like to highlight their entire workflow, as it can be inefficient,” says Andreas Schultheiss, Managing Director of Rapid Shape GmbH. “By integrating a variety of smart systems, we are increasing production capacity, reducing human handling, and putting user safety at the forefront in resin production. We are excited to introduce this technology to Würth Additive Group customers worldwide. »
Wurth Additive Group, led by CEO AJ Strandquist, was launched in April 2021 to provide extensive industrial 3D printing products and services, including financing and leasing options. Würth Industry North America started providing additive solutions to customers in late 2017 with rapid prototyping and printing production tools. This now offers complete digital Kanban solutions by integrating 3D printing technology into its existing vendor-managed inventory programs.
Rapid Shape is a German company specializing in the development and manufacture of high-end systems for additive printing. Rapid Shape has positioned itself as one of the leaders in this industry with proprietary technology that has set new standards for speed, reliability and accuracy. Rapid Shape offers solutions for the industrial, dental, hearing aid and jewelry markets.
Würth Industry North America (WINA) — No. 11 on Industrial Distribution’s 2021 Big 50 list — is a $1 billion division of the Würth Group, the world’s largest fastener distribution company.