3D Systems buys into manufacturing for aerospace

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American Precision Prototyping co-founder Jason Dickman shows the ability to prototype cockpit equipment using 3D printing

3D Systems has bought yet another diverse manufacturing services bureau, this time giving it the capabilities to better approach prototyping and manufacturing short-run parts for the aerospace industry..

By acquiring American Precision Prototyping (APP) and sister company American Precision Machining (APM), it now has two expert providers of rapid prototyping and advanced manufacturing, product development and engineering services with a significant presence in the cutting edge world of aerospace.

Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, APP and APM bring over 24 years of combined advanced prototyping and manufacturing service bureau experience, one which has helped change the way its industry quotes and purchases rapid prototype and rapid manufactured parts.

APP’s aerospace knowhow stretches from model making right through to production tooled parts


APP owns an array of different 3D printers (including, by the looks of its services, a few Stratasys machines) and has the skilled staff that work with the aerospace companies right through the process.

Expanding into an industry that is one of the biggest fans of the technology’s weight-saving benefits is great for the future, while APP’s online 24/7 quoting system is sure to bring some more immediate interest for the team working on 3D Systems’ Quickparts services.

“APP and APM bring a wealth of experience and bench strength in both advanced manufacturing and the aerospace industry that is highly complementary to our offerings,” said Ziad Abou, vice president and general manager, Quickparts for 3DS. “This acquisition further enhances our North American capabilities and expertise.”

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