LAKE OSWEGO, OR — NOVEMBER 7, 2018 – Plural Additive Manufacturing, the exclusive North American importer of the 3ntr family of additive manufacturing systems, today announced its new alliance with TRAK Machine Tools, a subsidiary of Southwestern Industries, Inc. Starting in December, 2018 TRAK Machine Tools will begin to sell and support the 3ntr systems to its customers and markets through its direct Sales Representatives, its resellers and its showrooms in the Northeast and New England Regions. Distribution will expand throughout 2019 to the rest of the United States.
“TRAK is an undisputed leader and enjoys an outstanding reputation for service and machine delivery with the critical shop floor knowledge that gets work done,” said Tom McKasson, CEO of Plural. “For small volume production and the manufacturing floor, no one has better service and insight. The TRAK service network will expand our integration capabilities in all US markets.”
“Plural understands the speed and growing functionality of modern manufacturing for operations like hybrid manufacturing of near-net shapes,” said Steve Pinto, president of TRAK Machine Tools. “Like TRAK, Plural has true manufacturing insight into capabilities and tolerances, while advising on realistic manufacturing goals. Our new alliance with Plural creates a team with knowledge for additive, subtractive and hybrid manufacturing with 3D printers, CNC mills, lathes and more.”
Made in Oleggio, Italy, the 3ntr additive manufacturing systems offer industrial grade capabilities across aerospace, automotive, and manufacturing. Open materials and engineered efficiencies result in 3D printed part costs that are typically 50% less than the well-known commercial alternatives and incumbent manufacturing methods like milling and molding. With the introduction of its Spectral 30 at FormNext November 13 – 16, 3ntr adds economical scale to high temperature and extreme strength parts in materials like PEEK, PEKK and Ultem™.
About Plural Additive Manufacturing
Plural Additive Manufacturing solves the high cost of low volume plastic manufacturing. It is the exclusive distributor of 3ntr industrial 3D printers in North America that provide large print beds, open materials libraries, and high printing temperatures for engineering quality parts. With over 20 years’ experience, Plural specializes in the end-to-end integration of additive manufacturing systems for prototypes, fixtures, and end-use parts. Plural is trusted by companies including GE, Ingersoll Cutting Tools, and Makino.
About TRAK Machine Tools
TRAK Machine Tools, a brand of Southwestern lndustries, Inc., specializes in engineering, manufacturing, and distributing turning and milling equipment for low volume work. Its product lines include TRAK Bed Mills, TRAK Knee mills, TRAK TRL Lathes, ProtoTRAK Retrofits, the TRAK 2op and the TRAK LPM machining center – all of which feature the powerful but easy to learn and use ProtoTRAK CNC. Since 1963, Southwestern Industries, Inc. has been an industry leader in innovative products for machinist productivity. Their products are based on the understanding that low volume work, including prototypes, tooling, fixtures, molds, and repairs is different from production work.