Where do you see the potential of your cooperation?
Eric Bader: The combination of our strength in binder jetting and Schunk's extremely sound understanding of powder metallurgy and sintering experience creates exactly the intersection that is needed to be a sustainable partner and supplier to future customers together. It takes a fair amount of vision to enter 3D printing here and now. Schunk is clearly demonstrating its commitment to new developments.
Does this mean that Schunk will only manufacture series parts using the 3D printing process in the future, Mr. Heusel?
Tobias Franz Heusel: No, we will continue to manufacture components using our conventional processes. But 3D printing supplements the shaping in our series production with another innovative process that gives our customers completely new possibilities. Depending on the component, application and quantity, we can now offer our customers three shaping processes: Axial pressing, metal powder injection molding and 3D printing. And no matter which process is most suitable for our customers' requirements, they always benefit from high quality through lean and stable processes.
How should customers imagine working with Schunk when it comes to 3D printing?
Tobias Franz Heusel: We see ourselves as a development partner for our customers and accompany them from the first contact to the finished product. This means that as soon as they inquire about a component or a series of components, they receive the "full performance" package from us, which includes all process steps from the design and engineering of the component to the mechanical post-treatment or heat treatment. Our customers benefit from our series experience, a wide range of materials and our many years of experience. Due to our IATF and aerospace certification as well as our accredited test laboratory on site, they can rely on us as an experienced and competent partner.