Sodick and Materialise NV Announce Partnership to Promote Additive Manufacturing

This partnership makes Sodick the first hybrid DMLS manufacturer to offer design optimization solutions.

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Sodick, Inc. and Materialise NV are announcing a new partnership to promote additive manufacturing (AM). This agreement brings together Sodick’s 40 years of experience supplying traditional manufacturers with Materialise’s experience in additive manufacturing design optimization. Sodick says that its deep inroads with small and large manufacturers alike are expected to help accelerate AM adoption across all stratifications of the US manufacturing industry.

Sodick says that its hybrid DMLS 3D printer is designed to bring the quality of AM parts in line with the expectations of traditional manufacturers, in terms of both finishing and part strength. The one process machine (OPM) line of 3D printers achieves 99.99 percent density to eliminate porousness in parts, and can achieve surface finishes as low as 0.22 µmRa (9 RMS).

Materialise has software offerings, such as Magics and SG+. Materialise says that these products enable users to easily design and edit support structures necessary to reliably print accurate 3D parts. The company has 20 years of development experience.

This partnership makes Sodick the first hybrid DMLS manufacturer to offer design optimization solutions.