ROCK HILL, SC — 3D Systems recently announced it has entered into a partner agreement with Methods Machine Tools Inc., a distributor of innovative precision machine tools and automation for manufacturing. Under the new agreement, Methods will immediately begin to offer 3DS’ full line of professional and production 3D printers and materials to its customers to enhance its portfolio of precision machine tools and solutions for traditional manufacturing with advanced 3D printing solutions for additive manufacturing.
Methods brings over 55 years of experience in machine tools and solutions, in addition to extensive expertise in applications, engineering, service and support. To spearhead its entrance into the 3D printer market, Methods will add dedicated 3D printing sales, application engineering and support teams to its seven regional offices throughout the U.S., and will create a state-of-the-art 3D printing showroom with a range of capabilities in each location.
Methods will put a strong strategic focus on 3DS’ Direct Metal Printers (DMP) to deliver enhanced solutions to their customers. By leveraging their expertise in metal precision machining and applications across industries such as aerospace, medical, automotive and electronics, Methods will bring advanced digital manufacturing solutions through DMP to its customer base of over 30,000 companies.
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"We selected 3D Systems as our partner to bring 3D digital fabrication solutions to our customers based on their industry leadership, wide range of solutions, continuous innovation and support," said Bryon Deysher, President & CEO of Methods Machine Tools, Inc. "We are excited to expand our portfolio of precision machine tool solutions to bring additive manufacturing, and especially Direct Metal Printing, to our customers to help them meet the most demanding applications."
"We are excited to partner with Methods to bring our full range of 3D printers to their customer base to complement their machining and automation capabilities," said Mark Wright, Chief Operating Officer, 3DS. "Methods brings a deep understanding of metalworking manufacturing applications and a strong commitment to service and support, and will extend our coverage to new customers looking to add digital fabrication solutions to their products."
Methods will showcase 3DS’ solutions at its upcoming TechFest 2015 “Manufacturing the Future” event, to be held Nov. 4-5, at its corporate headquarters and technology center in Sudbury, MA. The event will also feature the latest in machine tool technology and automation, with over 30 machines under power with live demonstrations. More information and a link to registration can be found here.