Techniplas Expands its Open Innovation Program With Grupo Sicnova, a Recognized Provider of Industrial Large Format 3D Printers

Techniplas will be provided with the opportunity to expand its capabilities range, which evolves the company from a traditional manufacturer of jigs and tools, to a functional part manufacturer for larger prototypes.

VENTURA, Calif., Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Techniplas, a leading global design and manufacturing provider of automotive products and services, today announced that Grupo Sicnova, a recognized provider of large format industrial grade 3D printers has joined Techniplas' expanding open innovation program as a full member. As part of this partnership, Sicnova will deliver several of its flagship, large format 3D printers to Techniplas' Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center in Ventura, Calif. With Sicnova joining the open innovation program, Techniplas will be provided with the opportunity to expand its capabilities range, which evolves the company from a traditional manufacturer of jigs and tools, to a functional part manufacturer for larger prototypes.


"We are thrilled to welcome Sicnova as a full member of our program," said Avi Reichental, Vice-Chairman, Techniplas and CEO, Techniplas Digital. "Today's announcement underscores our strong commitment to digital transformation through the expansion of an open innovation program that brings together the best and brightest industry players. With Sicnova's 3D printers at our new Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center, we can take our digital manufacturing capabilities to the next level leveraging some of the largest format engineered plastics printers available in the market today."

The Sicnova flagship JCR 1000 3D printer combines the robustness and superior capabilities of industrial grade printers with advanced engineered materials and the ability to print large objects of up to 1000X600X600 mm at speeds of 1000 mm/hour and accuracy of 50 microns. Hardware includes a controlled print chamber with a heated bed, auto levelling calibration and precision, industrial motor controllers. It boasts twin 1.75mm printheads with interchangeable nozzles that deliver exceptional surface quality and accuracy.

"Techniplas' open innovation program is the perfect collaborative platform for Sicnova to validate our printers' suitability for automotive applications by demonstrating the incredible performance range of our capabilities," said Ángel Llavero, CEO, Grupo Sicnova. "With Techniplas' vision as our compass, the entire Sicnova team looks forward to expanding our reach within the automotive industry globally by redefining the future of manufacturing with new competencies and a customer-centric mindset."

With Sicnova joining Sharebot and DWS as part of the open innovation program, Techniplas is curating a community of like-minded innovative partners with designs on fundamentally pushing automotive manufacturing's traditional boundaries. Techniplas' continued commitment to the open innovation program is supported by its focus on developing partnerships that see mutual benefits in each other's capabilities and strengths. With a breadth of in-house capabilities ranging from jigs and fixtures to larger scale prototypes, and short run manufacturing of end-use parts, Techniplas and its innovation partners are well on their way toward industry 4.0 readiness.

This open innovation platform was launched during the third quarter of 2017 with an eye on creating a cooperative space where industry leaders and disruptors could partner together on solving manufacturing's toughest challenges. Housed in Techniplas' Additive Manufacturing Center, like-minded partners leverage the best of Techniplas' manufacturing capabilities.

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Techniplas is a leading global design and manufacturing provider of engineered products and services that are helping to shape the future of mobility. Our 2,000 associates around the world are passionate about making the connected world. By continuously expanding the reach of our data enabled cognitive technologies into everything we do, we deliver personalized, performance-enhanced and sustainable mobility. For more information, please visit www.techniplas.com.

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