Thyssenkrupp plans to open 3D printing centre this year

Thyssenkrupp supplies thousands of tonnes of metal and plastic products and provides supply-chain management services.  PIctured is its chairman Heinrich Hiesinger. —  AFPGerman industrial group ThyssenKrupp plans to open its own 3D printing centre this year to manufacture products for its customers, a company executive said on Tuesday.

As well as producing steel, submarines and elevators, ThyssenKrupp supplies thousands of tonnes of metal and plastic products and provides supply-chain management services to a quarter of a million customers worldwide.

Some industrial components such as airline or wind-turbine parts can now be made by 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, in which objects are printed in layers directly from a computer design instead of being cut out of blocks of material.

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