Solid Solutions Buys 3DPRINTUK
The acquisition augments 3DPRINTUK’s service offering and allows it to benefit from the resources of a bigger company.
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May 23, 2023
3D printing service supplier, 3DPRINTUK, has been acquired by Solid Solutions and will become part of the TriMech Group. The acquisition augments 3DPRINTUK’s service offering and allows it to benefit from the resources of a bigger company as it continues to serve its UK customer base.
“Throughout the years, we’ve grown organically, expanded our range of services, remained cost-competitive, and set a high standard for the quality of our 3D printed parts,” says Nick Allen, CEO at 3DPRINTUK. “Joining forces with Solid Solutions is the natural next step, as it will accelerate our growth potential, broaden and enhance our services for our customers, and enable them to benefit from the expertise and resources of a larger group of companies.”
3DPRINTUK, founded in 2011, is a specialist in low-volume production using selective laser sintering (SLS) and multi-jet fusion (MJF) additive manufacturing (AM) systems, along with a range of post-processing capabilities. The company bridges the gap between prototype and injection molding for clients spanning a range of sectors, from consumer products to marine and aerospace.
Solid Solutions is a UK-based technology and business solution partner for design engineers and manufacturers which was acquired by TriMech in 2022. The acquisition of 3DPRINTUK demonstrates that Solid Solutions continues to focus on building a set of services to help support customers from design to production, its overall strategy since the TriMech acquisition being to expand and diversify service offerings.
“Clients are seeking more depth of expertise and a single technology partner who can advise and guide them, while providing products and services that influence all aspects of their business,” says Alan Sampson, TriMech’s Group CEO. “Professional, reliable services fill clients’ gaps quickly and keep their work on track. Adding 3DPRINTUK alongside other sympathetic acquisitions enhances our ability to always bring the right mix of tools to the job.”
Earlier in 2023, Solid Solutions acquired recruitment specialists Solid People and Solid Print 3D, a reseller of workbench manufacturing solutions. At the same time as 3DPRINTUK also acquired GRM Consulting, which provides design optimization services. All acquisitions enhance Solid Solutions position as a partner to the advanced design, engineering and manufacturing sectors across the globe.
“One of the most important outcomes of the Solid Solution acquisition is that 3DPRINTUK will maintain business as usual with our current management and staff,” says Allen. “We now have the resources to significantly enhance and expand our services. The move aligns with our goal to provide optimal service and remain the go-to resource for our customers for 3D printing endeavors. We all feel very comfortable that working with Solid Solutions helps us to achieve our goals for our customers efficiently and timely.”
3DPRINTUK will serve as the dedicated 3D printing service team for the TriMech Group in the UK. The company will also be able to collaborate moving forward with TriMech’s advanced manufacturing services experts in North America, and to work internationally to deploy best practices and emerging technologies for its customers.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.