United Grinding Establishes Joint Venture for Additive Processes

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The joint venture focuses on manufacturing prototypes and complex workpieces via SLS, SLM and 3D printing processes.


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The United Grinding Group, holding company for the Machine Tools Business Area in the Körber international technology group, is establishing a joint venture with the university-affiliated Inspire AG to be known as IRPD AG.

Headquartered in St. Gallen, Switzerland, the IRPD AG joint venture is the new Center for Excellence for Additive Manufacturing of the United Grinding Group and is collectively managed by both partners. The joint venture concentrates on the manufacture of industrial metal or plastic prototypes and as well as series of complex workpieces for customers through the use of additive manufacturing processes, particularly selective laser sintering (SLS), selective laser melting (SLM) and 3D printing. IRPD also offers individual technology consulting, reverse engineering, scanning and services for the design and production of complex components.


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