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Gardner Aerospace acquires UK’s FDM Digital Solutions

Gardner Aerospace, a global manufacturer of aerospace components, has acquired FDM Digital Solutions, a UK-based 3D printing company. As part of the acquisition, FDM Digital Solutions will become integrated within the new Gardner Technology Center.

Founded in 2012 in Burnley, England, FDM Digital Solutions grew to be one of the biggest additive companies in the UK, especially in the polymer segment. Up until the acquisition, the company was operating a fleet of seven Stratasys printers, an HP Multi Jet Fusion system and two Roboze machines—reportedly the largest commercially available capacity in the UK.

Gardner Aerospace FDM acquisition

Over the years, the company has worked with customers in various industries, from automotive, to healthcare, to motorsport and aerospace. Now, as part of Gardner, the company’s additive capabilities will become part of the newly established Gardner Technology Centre, which will focus on advanced technology, innovative solutions and research and development.

“Gardner Aerospace is breaking new ground in terms of technology,” said Dominic Cartwright, Chief Executive Officer at Gardner Aerospace. “The acquisition of FDM and the creation of our new Technology Centre business unit provides us with the perfect opportunity to expand our technical knowledge, R&D capability and product offering, and aligns us with our customers’ growing expectations on innovative solutions, continuous improvement and cost competitiveness. 

“The role of 3D printing within manufacturing is constantly expanding and this newly acquired additive layer manufacturing capability complements Gardner’s long-standing capabilities as a producer of metallic detailed parts and sub-assemblies.” 

Gardner Aerospace manufacturers parts for key aerospace OEMs and suppliers including Airbus, Bombardier, Rolls-Royce, GKN, Safran, Gulfstream, Collins Aerospace and Embraer.


Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault moved from her home of Montreal, Canada to the Netherlands in 2014 to pursue a master’s degree in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. It was during her time in Amsterdam that she became acquainted with 3D printing technology and began writing for a local additive manufacturing news platform. Now based in France, Tess has over two and a half years experience writing, editing and publishing additive manufacturing content with a particular interest in women working within the industry. She is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM industry.

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