BigRep, the global leader in large-scale 3D printers, and Bosch Rexroth, one of the world’s leading suppliers of drive and control technologies, announced a development partnership. For the first time, 3D printers by BigRep will be equipped with state-of-art CNC control systems and drives by Bosch Rexroth, firmly establishing additive manufacturing as a key industry 4.0 application in industrial production technology while also making 3D printing a truly IoT-ready “made in Germany” machine with full connectivity and data.
“Across industries, customers are looking for reliable, controllable and efficient 3D printers in order to manufacture top quality parts,” said BigRep CEO Dr. Stephan Beyer. “As BigRep is the first to integrate CNC-grade control systems in 3D printers, we will re-define additive manufacturing. The Rexroth controls are also an excellent platform for providing our 3D printers with full connectivity for existing production and automation systems. This will establish 3D printing as a key industry 4.0 application.”
Thomas Fechner, director of the Business Unit New Business at Bosch Rexroth, said, “This partnership demonstrates that Bosch Rexroth is constantly developing sustainable technologies and new factory automation solutions for the Factory of the Future.”
Additive Manufacturing is establishing itself as a manufacturing technology for the Factory of the Future and has already had a significant impact on prototyping and small serial production. Bosch Rexroth, too, is committed to this innovative technology. On the one hand, the specialist for drive and control technologies is using the process to enable the fast and cost-efficient creation of models, patterns, prototypes, tools, and end products. One the other hand, the company offers 3D printing components and solutions.
By combining the experts in drive and control technologies with the experts in large-scale 3D printing, the additive industry will see faster and more cost-efficient creation of models, patterns, prototypes, tools, and end-use products.