3D Systems recently announced that Intermountain 3D, a service bureau from Boise, Idaho, has grown its service offering and business thanks to the inclusion of new Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printing capabilities from 3D Systems.
Intermountain 3D is not only a reseller of 3D Systems’ 3D printing technology, they are also a user – providing prototyping and production services to their customers. After engaging with 3D Systems’ On Demand Manufacturing service to provide customers with production parts, Intermountain 3D made the decision to add an SLS printer to their own portfolio. Through its complete portfolio of 3D Systems’ additive manufacturing solutions, Intermountain 3D now offers services from prototyping to low-volume production applications, reverse engineering and scan-based design, helping customers improve productivity and reduce time-to-market.
Intermountain 3D opened its doors in 2014 as a reseller of a broad range of 3D System’s 3D printing and scanning products – seeing the value of 3D printing and its power to transform the manufacturing industry. For those customers not yet ready to purchase their own printer, Intermountain 3D offers in-house printing capabilities.
“As we collaborated with our customers on their prototyping needs, we began to see more and more requests come in that went beyond just prototyping,” said Lynn Hoffmann, chief executive officer, Intermountain 3D. “We realized there was an increasing need from customers to understand how to design for additive manufacturing and to expand into 3D printing for production.”
Intermountain 3D’s customers range from companies that produce virtual reality equipment, human prosthetics, bronze sculptures, food processing equipment, and a variety of recreational technology manufacturers. All have unique requirements which are difficult to achieve with traditional manufacturing methods. Furthermore, these customers have very specific material needs and requirements.
In order to offer full service to their customers, Intermountain 3D augmented their in-house capabilities by outsourcing some parts to 3D Systems’ On Demand Manufacturing. “As a start-up company, it was a huge advantage to be able to lean on 3D Systems’ On Demand Manufacturing service during periods of peak capacity,” said Hoffmann. Resulting from the positive impact the production service offering made on both their customers’ businesses as well as their own, Intermountain 3D chose to invest in its own SLS 3D printer.
“We’ve experienced tremendous growth in our business through the assistance of 3D Systems,” said Hoffmann. “Year-to-date, we’ve seen a 120% increase in revenue, and the demand for production SLS printing in our market continues to increase. We look forward to the continued growth of our business, and the continued success of our collaboration with 3D Systems.”
3D Systems’ ProX SLS printers are known for their ability to produce functional prototypes as well as end-use production parts. The printers are complemented by a portfolio of DuraForm production-grade nylon materials that have been optimized, validated and tested to ensure quality, with uniform 3D mechanical properties. The combination of 3D Systems’ ProX SLS printers and DuraForm materials enables Intermountain 3D to produce tough, durable parts more efficiently with an overall lower total cost of operation.
“We are pleased to see Intermountain 3D mature their customer offering,” said Phil Schultz, senior vice president, general manager, on demand manufacturing & plastics, 3D Systems. “By redefining, enhancing and expanding their own workflow with our additive manufacturing capabilities, Intermountain 3D is able to help its customers grow as well This is yet one more real-world example of the power of additive manufacturing to transform businesses.”