SIMTech - Gf Machining Solutions Joint Lab
A public-private partnership to develop and showcase Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions to accelerate the adoption in the industry
A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) and GF Machining Solutions, a division of George Fischer AG, signed an agreement in November 2020 to establish a joint research body dedicated to advanced metal additive manufacturing (AM) work flow for various in-demand AM solutions, such as the selective laser melting (SLM) technology and wire cutting for AM.
SIMTech has been engaging industry partners from various sectors to build the AM ecosystem in Singapore through R&D collaborations. The strong public-private partnership with the AM equipment maker, GF Machining Solutions, is another milestone to bring the AM technology to the local and regional market.
Founded in 1861, GF Machining Solutions is one of the world’s leading providers of machines, automation solutions and services to the tool and mould making industry and to manufacturers of precision components. GF Machining Solutions has developed integrated manufacturing solutions, based on the new generation of 3D metal additive equipment, combining metal AM expertise with subtractive fabrication expertise, which are geared towards a seamless and efficient workflow for the end-users.
With the combined expertise in SIMTech’s manufacturing processes and GF Machining Solutions’ equipment know-how, we are confident that the collaboration will create market-relevant innovations and solutions for greater AM adoption and commercialisation
Mr Carlos Gazio, Managing Director of South East Asia/Pacific, GF Machining Solutions
The SIMTech-GF Machining Solutions Additive Manufacturing joint lab aims to drive the development of the next-generation metal additive manufacturing process technologies by combining SIMTech’s metal additive manufacturing capabilities and GF Machining Solutions’ state-of-the-art equipment and unique know-how. The joint collaboration will further promote open innovation and develop market-driven products and solutions.
In the first year of the collaboration, both GF Machining Solutions and SIMTech will work closely to address the process challenges in 3D printing of advanced materials, post machining and heat treatment. System validation studies for industrial metal 3D Printer DMP Flex 350 will be carried out on advanced and in-demand materials, such as AlSi10Mg, Ti6Al4V and Maraging steel. Powder and printed part characterisation studies will also be carried out for quality assurance of the process flow in industrial part printing. Through this partnership with SIMTech, GF Machining Solutions will be able to provide comprehensive end-to-end engineering solutions to their end-users and potential clients, allowing them to stay ahead of the growing competition in the AM market.
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Mr Tan Chee Tat, Director, PE COI