Fasteners in glorious 3D > Reyher adds a new dimension to its services

Reyher has a new 3D printing and additive manufacturing service while Bossard continues to build its 3D printing credentials

Fastener distribution giant Reyher has launched a new 3D printing service, coined Reyher Rapid Prototyping (RRP) in a bid to improve component design, reduce development costs and shorten time-to-market.

Crucially, additive manufacturing can be used for complex geometries beyond the capabilities of conventional production methods, says Reyher. RRP enables the firm to produce a prototype complete functional model for customer requirements. The material can be plastic or metal, including steel, stainless steel, aluminium or titanium.

Elsewhere in the fastener world, Bossard has been steadily expanding its knowledge and expertise in the 3D printing sector through acquisitions. In April, Bossard bought a 30% share of fellow Swiss firm Ecoparts AG. Ecoparts offers services in the generative design of metal components as well as customer and series parts, such as prototypes, tool-making, lightweight components, hybrid construction and additive manufacturing engineering.

Previously, Bossard took a 49% share of 3d-prototyp GmbH in autumn 2018 and commenced partnerships with three 3D printing firms 18 months ago.

In June, Dubai-set Hardware & Tools Middle East will include a 3D printing conference, featuring international front-runners in 3D printing for the construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, ship building and automotive industries who will share their insights into the future of this fast-growing technology.

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