It’s official. The German manufacturer of metal 3D printing systems, Aconity3D, has dumped its suitcases in the USA and the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) will serve as the North American base of operations for its activities.
That’s a milestone for the company which decided to compete at the international level directly out of the European continent.
Aconity3D’s 3D Printing machines enable to fabricate complex metal parts for demanding industries in terms of 3D printing applications: automotive, medical, aerospace and more.
UTEP has been an interesting choice of Aconity3D’s strategy because it integrates the Keck Center and a College of Engineering, interesting in terms of investments in AM technologies. Furthermore, both institutions support manufacturers in prototyping of different parts before their investment in costly manufacturing tools needed for production. In other words, the German company might already benefit from a list of potential leads that call for UTEP’s services.
Moreover, the expansion of these service operations will create over time jobs for engineering students in the community. Not to mention that other research Investigations that include UTEP, Aconity3D, government agencies and the industry will be carried out within the university.
“We have long worked on leveraging our expertise in 3D printing to build a new economy in El Paso around additive manufacturing,” said Ryan Wicker, Ph.D., founder of the Keck Center. “Our partnership with Aconity3D is a major milestone in that direction and is validation of all of our combined efforts. The only way a company like Aconity3D would decide to come here is because of our technical strength in additive manufacturing, access to our graduating talent to meet their workforce needs, and the tremendous opportunities available for commercial success through collaborations with UTEP. We can apply this economic development model to build other businesses around their technologies, recruit other 3D printing businesses to our region and create new businesses from our own 3D printing technologies coming out of UTEP. As a research university, UTEP must be – and is excited to be – fully engaged in stimulating economic development for the benefit of our region.”
However, for now, the company will start providing its services with one employee. AconityUS will be located at the University Towers Building, 1900 N. Oregon.
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