Leading desktop and benchtop 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker announced that Robert Bosch GmbH, the leading global supplier of technology and services from Germany, will invest on a global scale in Ultimaker 3 Extended printers. After comparing several desktop 3D printers, the Bosch 3D printing division selected Ultimaker as the most reliable, easy-to-use, and professional machine.
The printers will now be used in different locations across Germany, Hungary, China, India, the United States and Mexico for printing prototypes, tooling, jigs and fixtures—meant to boost innovation while cutting manufacturing and design costs.
“The quality and speed of our service is the same in all countries, which helps our clients to go from an idea to manufacturing validation in just a few days, no matter where they are in the world.” Jos Burger, CEO at Ultimaker.
“We are very happy that this well-respected, leading supplier of technology and services chose our desktop 3D printers after an intensive selection procedure by its Additive Manufacturing department – Burger continued. “The team at Ultimaker is working hard to make 3D printing accessible by continuously improving our hardware, software, materials, and services. This global investment of Bosch confirms that our 3D printing ecosystem is ready to advance innovation on a global scale.”
Bosch, which has a strategic objective to deliver innovations for a connected world, is the world’s largest supplier of automotive components and an important supplier of industrial technologies, consumer goods, and energy and building technology. In order to save time and costs, and for a faster time-to-market for its new products, the company decided to invest in desktop 3D printing on a global scale.
Through its Center of Competence for 3D printing. established in 2014, Bosch has been making significant investments in researching and leveraging the opportunities offered by 3D printers, both low cost models such as those from Ultimaker, Zortrax and Dremel, and high end Stratasys and SLS systems.
The center of competence (CoC) is taking a two-pronged approach. The developer training center (DTC) at the Schwieberdingen location gets developers from the company’s various divisions up to speed with the technology. While the focus at this division is on railroad GS (gasoline systems) and DS (diesel systems), the aim is to show all divisions how 3D printing can be used to construct prototypes. Workshops give developers the opportunity to see what is possible. To this end, ten industrial 3D printers have been available at the Schwieberdingen location since March 2016.
Now, with the Ultimaker rollout, all departments of the Additive Manufacturing department of Bosch can benefit from a uniform 3D printing solution with materials, training and global support. This approach will ensure consistent, quality 3D printing results across teams and locations.