US Giant 3D Systems acquires CRDM and continues its investment in the Buckinghamshire based industry leader
Back in 2013, US-owned 3D Systems, the inventors of 3D printing, were looking to set up an “on demand” 3D print service in the UK. Rather than set up from scratch, they looked for an acquisition of one of the UK’s top companies in the sector and chose High Wycombe based CRDM, who had a track record of 3D printing since 1994.
A big influence in this decision was CRDM’s offering of three different print platforms; by comparison, smaller bureaus tend to offer just one or two.
As well as offering solutions in nylons and polymers, CRDM were the first company in the UK (2002) to offer a Direct Metal Printing service in steels and exotic metals. This invaluable experience and talent has helped 3D Systems to develop its worldwide offering for metals from their new Buckinghamshire base as they now manufacture their own metal additive manufacturing machines.
3D Systems skills set and manufacturing ability support many leading UK companies in sectors such as aerospace, automotive, medical, Formula One, defence and entertainment. The company’s four key group activities include the manufacture and sale of machines and materials, developing software, a dedicated medical and healthcare division and our on demand 3D printing service. The company, who are Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce members, now employ over 40 people at High Wycombe and are looking for growth within new and existing sectors, something that the UKTI and the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce are helping them with, including for example, introductions to UK supply chains and primary networks and profile raising.
In the past three years, 3D Systems have seen the purchase and investment of the very latest technology – faster and larger machines along with new materials. As well as 20 in-house machines and access to over 80 through four plants in Europe, the company are able to offer five different 3D printing platforms and almost 100 different materials – the best possible offering for new and existing customers.
The future development of the High Wycombe site will be around our offering of Direct Metal Printing and we will be investing in more machines to absorb current demand as well as deliver a world class service to new and existing customers.