3D printed hydraulics pioneer Aidro is now a Desktop Metal company

In the summer edition of 3D ADEPT Mag (Interview of the Month PP18-23), Desktop Metal’s Arjun Aggarwal, Chief Product Officer, told 3D ADEPT Media the company will continue to add new companies to its portfolio.

On the heels of ExOne future acquisition, the AM giant announces the acquisition of Aidro, headquartered in Italy and expert in the volume production of next-generation hydraulic and fluid power systems.  

Aidro brings 40 years of experience in the design and production of valves, manifolds, and various hydraulic components and fluid power systems. Using metal AM, the company provides its services to a wide range of industries including oil & gas, agricultural equipment, aerospace, and mobile and industrial machinery, to name a few.

The company’s engineers can redesign traditional hydraulic components for AM production using complex geometries to reduce weight, save space, and consolidate multiple components into one, eliminating assembly and welding requirements.

To provide this expertise in design for additive manufacturing, including finite element analysis simulation and topology optimization techniques, Aidro has invested metal 3D printers, 3D scanning technologies, and ISO9001 and AS/EN9100 certifications.

Additive manufacturing offers benefits unmatched by conventional manufacturing, and once Aidro realized the advantages of leveraging AM, we quickly allocated resources to develop expertise and take advantage of the opportunity,” said Valeria Tirelli, Co-CEO and President of Aidro. “This partnership is the next step in our AM evolution, and now, with access to Desktop Metal’s scale and industry-leading AM 2.0 technology portfolio, including its volume production-focused metal binder jetting solutions, we’re thrilled at the growth potential for Aidro.”

Furthermore, our interview with Arjun Aggarwal also reveals that moving forward, Desktop Metal intends to become “more than just a general service bureau”. With Aidro on-board, the AM company is uniquely positioned to tap into key applications in the hydraulic and fluid power industry.

This acquisition advances Desktop Metal’s strategy To support our major OEM customers with proprietary design and application know-how as well as through a combination of best-in-class AM products and high-value parts production across killer applications for AM 2.0,” said Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal. “Aidro brings a talented team with decades of experience in hydraulics and fluid power systems and a passion for leveraging AM to deliver performance advantages to their customers. We’re excited about the acquisition and look forward to advancing AM 2.0 for high-volume production of hydraulics, valves, fluid power systems, and many more end-use parts in development with Aidro.

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