MIM and 3D printing specialist Proto Labs Inc is to acquire some assets and operations of laser sintering company Alphaform AG.

Alphaform is a service bureau headquartered in Feldkirchen, Munich, Germany. The planned acquisition will include Alphaform divisions operating in Germany, Finland and the UK.

According to the company, this acquisition will significantly expand Proto Labs’ additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities in Europe by adding selective laser sintering, direct metal laser sintering and additional stereolithography capabilities. The acquisition also includes the injection molding service currently offered by Alphaform Claho, in Eschenlohe, Germany. MediMet Precision Casting and Implants Technology GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of Alphaform AG, is not part of the transaction.

‘We are pleased to announce this strategic acquisition which will accelerate the growth of our additive manufacturing services in Europe and complement our current injection molding and CNC machining services,’ said Vicki Holt, president and CEO at Proto Labs.

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