Materialise, which is perhaps best known for its additive manufacturing software, has acquired ACTech, a German company that specializes in producing limited runs of highly complex cast metal parts. This will complement Materialise’s own activities in metal additive manufacturing.
ACTech has over 20 years’ experience so Materialise will benefit from its expertise and in-house infrastructure in the continued development of its own existing metal competence centre.
Materialise is also hoping that ACTech’s practical metal manufacturing experience will give a boost to the development of its software suite for Metal 3D Printing
Wilfried Vancraen, founder and CEO of Materialise, explained: “ACTech knows metal and how to shape it to production standard, and we know Metal 3D Printing. Bringing those two competencies together is vital to the delivery of high added-value metal 3D-printed parts for specialized applications.”
The acquisition will also strengthen ACTech’s position in those markets where complexity and speed are the driving factors, while its customers will gain immediate access to metal 3D-printed parts for pre-production design iterations.
Vancraen added: “For over 27 years, we have always been there as a leading, comprehensive provider of solutions in industrial polymers printing. That position has enabled us to both develop and serve a growing demand for certified manufacturing with dedicated software and solutions. By joining forces with ACTech, we will accelerate that same strategy for metal manufacturing.”