Credit: Sintratec

The announcement was made yesterday evening: Swiss SLS 3D printer manufacturer Sintratec shuts down its operations – after a decade of services in the industry.

Sintratec was founded in 2014 by a team of engineers from ETH Zürich and University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. The company was one of the first that made us believe that there is a market for low-cost powder bed fusion with the launch of its SLS 3D printer and the Sintratec kit.

Over the years, the company has expanded its portfolio with a modular All-Material Platform including the Sintratec S2, and S3 printers, combining various invitations to enable the fast exchange of printing material and a seamless scaling of production output.

The company’s expertise and its technology capabilities convinced venture capital firms AM Ventures and Extorel to back them and led to the sale of more than a thousand professional SLS systems over 50 countries.

As we close this chapter, our priority is to reduce disruptions for our customers and resellers worldwide. To this end, we have secured partnerships between our supply chain and our esteemed resellers, 3DChimera and KREOS, to continue providing after-sales services to our global network of resellers and direct customers. We thank our customers, partners , investors and our team for their trust, support, and dedication over the years. Sintratec’s journey may be concluding, but its spirit will persist through the applications it enabled and the ground it broke,” the founders Dominik Solenicki and Christian von Burg said.

KREOS, Sintratec’s trusted reseller based in France, will be handling the provision of spare parts and printing materials for customers in the EMEA region. 3DChimera, Sintratec’s U.S. based reseller, will extend its services to both U.S. customers and the rest of the world

Sintratec is the fourth company in the industry that officially shuts down its operations since the beginning of this year; the others being Uniformity Labs, Arevo, and Sigma Additive Solutions, Inc.

While it’s easy to talk about newcomers, Sintratec’s closure is also a reminder that we should acknowledge entrepreneurs’ efforts and passion for delivering a service that could improve other industries and in this specific case, the support and respect of this community.

Like many of you, I now look forward to discovering the next chapter of Dominik Solenicki and Christian von Burg– and I am sure, it will be amazing. Thank you Sintratec.

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