Prusa Research is expanding into other areas of the 3D printer market. He will buy an 80% stake in a Czech company Trilab, which deals with the development and production of 3D printers designed primarily for the corporate sector. The value of the acquisition was not disclosed. Both companies are presenting their products at the Formnext trade fair in Frankfurt am Main this week. The company of the Czech businessman and investor Josef Průš is investing in another Czech company that deals with the development and production of 3D printers.
Prusa Research joins the Hradec Králové company Trilab, which was founded in 2016 by Vojtěch Tambor and Michal Boháč, as a strategic investor with an 80% share. Both founders, as well as all other members of the Trilab team, remain in the company and will continue to develop it under a separate brand Trilab – A Prusa Research Company.
As in the case of the acquisition of Futur3D in 2018, Prusa Research will now expand its technological reach with another type of 3D printer. This time, however, the result will not be a new machine under the Original Prusa brand. Trilab produces quality printers for the corporate sector and has a very good reputation in this area. Original Prusa printers are historically intended mainly for domestic users, they are open-source and this approach can be limiting in a large industry.
According to Michal Boháč, director of Trilab, they realized in Trilab earlier this year that if they want to expand their operations to other markets and thus accelerate their growth rate, they need a strategic partner. And after several months of negotiations with many foreign companies, they finally came to a somewhat surprising conclusion – that it makes the most sense to connect with the Czech company Prusa Research.
Trilab develops and manufactures printers based on so-called delta kinematics. In the Cartesian construction of Prusa printers, the print plate moves from front to back and the print head moves along it in vertical and horizontal axes. The movement of the print head on machines from Trilab, on the other hand, is controlled by three arms arranged in the shape of a triangle. This solution makes the extruder lighter, leading to higher print speeds while maintaining high accuracy and quality.
Trilab’s flagship, the AzteQ Industrial 3D printer, is equipped with an actively heated print chamber, has replaceable printheads and plates, and allows remote management. It can print large, up to 40 cm high objects and supports advanced materials with high mechanical and chemical resistance such as ABS, ASA, nylons, polycarbonates and other emerging durable materials and composites.
It is in this area that one of the possible synergies between the two companies arises. The advanced materials that Průša develops under the Prusament brand are a perfect match for Trilab printers and offer great development opportunities in the future.
However, both companies will cooperate in other areas as well. The developer, business and marketing experiences intend to share. Trilab has business partners not only in EU countries, but also in Japan, Israel, Canada and Australia, and their business experience is completely different from Prusa Research.
For Prusa Research, the acquisition of Trilab is another step towards expanding its offer for companies. At the EXPO in Dubai since October, it is demonstrating a prototype of the fully automated 3D printing farm Prusa Pro AFS, which it would like to start offering commercially in 2022.
Prezentace Prusa Research a Trilab Group na veletrhu Formnext visitors will find in hall 12.1 under numbers A127 and G108.
Source: Aktuality – 2D a 3D CAD Design Software by www.cad.cz.
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