Essentium announced a distribution partnership with prominent South Korean 3D printing specialist, Hephzibah. The combination of Hephzibah’s service, customer support, and use-case specific expertise, together with the speed and economics of the Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSETM) 3D Printing Platform will help resolve many of the historic barriers to widespread adoption of industrial-scale AM in the South Korean market.
Manufacturing firms in South Korea recognize that adding 3D printing to their factory floors could save billions in production costs. However, they face significant obstacles to using 3D printing for large-scale production, such as the strength of parts, speed and scale of production, and economics. The Essentium and Hephzibah partnership will deliver AM solutions, based on open ecosystems, that produce parts with the strength, speed, and scale customarily associated with injection-molding and with vastly improved economics.
Said Blake Teipel, Ph.D., CEO and Co-founder, Essentium: “The South Korea manufacturing industry – from automotive to consumer electronics and, more recently, aerospace - has a best-in-world reputation for quality and innovation. The integration of industrial-scale AM onto the factory floors of this manufacturing powerhouse has hugely exciting potential. I have no doubt that the combination of the Essentium 3D Printing Platform with Hephzibah’s rich customer knowledge and service infrastructure will ensure AM makes its mark in South Korea.”
Said Joseph M.G. Lee, President and CEO, Hephzibah: “The speed, scale, and economics of the Essentium HSE 3D Printing Platform present huge efficiencies and improved time-to-market opportunities for our customers. The fact that Essentium is an open platform means that our customers will benefit from greater innovation agility.”
Hephzibah will offer the complete Essentium HSE 180•S Series, including low temperature, standard, and high-temperature models, that produce end-use parts 5-15x faster and 5x more accurately than conventional Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF). It will also offer a complete range of Essentium’s innovative materials to meet the diverse and complex demands of manufacturing applications.
Hephzibah customers will be able to de-risk their additive manufacturing investments by taking advantage of the company’s extensive planning, installation, training and support services, and 3D printing facility and training centre to explore and develop applications.