In the contract, TEI has committed to purchase more than 500,000 liters of 3D printed sand from voxeljet over an expected three-year period. In connection with the contract, voxeljet will install additional printing capacity in TEI’s Livonia facility as well as using its existing machines in their Canton, MI facility.
TEI is the largest user of 3D printed sand in the USA and has a comprehensive low-pressure aluminum casting facility together with heat treatment and a state-of-the-art machine shop with over 50 CNC machines. TEI supplies machined prototype and low volume components in aluminum, iron and steel to automotive, aerospace and defense customers. With the help of voxeljet’s high productivity 3D printing systems, geared towards industrial production, TEI will offer all phases of manufacturing from one source: design, 3D sand printing, casting, heat treatment, machining, and inspection.
Oliver Johnson, President of TEI commented: “This is an outstanding opportunity for both companies to further capitalize on the benefits of large scale 3D sand printing for engineered aluminum castings. With voxeljet working alongside us to supply molds and cores, we will be able to compress lead times even further for our customers while also setting new records in terms of the size and weight of parts we can cast. ”
David Tait, Managing Director of voxeljet America Inc. commented: “The 3D printing industry is at an inflection point, and this marks another milestone in our mission to push 3D printing into industrial production. We are very proud to support TEI’s growth strategy with our unique 3D printing technology.”