3D printing has been the impetus for forging many an international partnership of late. As sectors and entities merge, coordinating to manufacture components and prototypes with 3D printing, efficiency rises and bottom lines are reduced.
Now, India’s Aequs and Farinia Group’s Spartacus3D will be working together in 3D printing ventures as Aequs has made a minority equity investment in the French company dedicated to technology of 3D printing with the belief that engineering and manufacturing will never be the same. Spartacus3D is in the business of 3D printing with metal, and Aequs is in the business of manufacturing in the aerospace, automotive, and oil and gas industries, so it’s easy to see where this business match is headed.
Focusing on the area of manufacturing for aerospace components, the two companies will combine expertise to speed production of parts that simply would not be possible without 3D printing.
“As cutting-edge manufacturing technology, ALM offers tremendous potential for creating new manufacturing capabilities and economies of scale and scope. ALM provides a means for creating complex, high-mix, and low-volume parts that would be impossible or cost prohibitive using traditional subtractive manufacturing techniques, such as machining,” said Aravind Melligeri, Chairman and CEO of Aequs.
“ALM’s potential for reducing the cost of production changeovers and customization and for increasing the variety of products each unit of capital can produce, makes it a compelling innovation for the aerospace and defence (A&D) industry, which in contrast to other industries, is more reliant upon low volume production.”
The two companies will be combining experience, expertise, and world-class teams to bring their major international client base quality products from their state-of-the-art facilities. This is already a well-oiled team in terms of partnering as Aequs and Farinia manage the SQuAD Forging Private Limited together in Belagavi, Karnataka, India. Customers include Airbus, UTAS, Eaton, Baker Hughes, Halliburton, and Bosch. With Aequs’ Belagavi facilities in Aequs SEZ, they have developed a unique economic zone for engineering and aerospace manufacturing.
“Both traditional subtractive manufacturing and ALM offer distinct advantages and disadvantages in manufacturing speed, scope, scale, capital intensity, and cost,” said Melligeri. “By adding ALM to our already broad value chain capabilities – engineering, machining, forging, fabrication, surface treatment and assembly – we create greater manufacturing flexibility and cost effectiveness to serve the particular needs of each of our A&D customers.”
Not only are the two companies involved looking forward to the additional partnership, they also have support from France’s Safran, a massive global company responsible for supplying major players with security, defense, and aerospace equipment.
“We are very interested in the collaboration between Aequs and Farinia on Spartacus3D, because of its potential for producing enhanced manufacturing capabilities and favourable supply chain economics,” said Xavier Dessemond, Vice President of Purchasing for Safran.
It’s obvious that these companies are interested in being a substantial part of the transformation in manufacturing due to 3D printing. With this partnership they will be passing on the new 3D printed products and technology to some of the largest companies in the world regarding aerospace like Airbus, Goodrich, Eaton, and GE.
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Aequs also has headquarters Bengaluru, India and Houston, TX. Headquartered in France, Farinia and Spartacus3D focus on partnerships in engineering, and making and selling 3D printed metal parts.