Freshmade 3D acquired
YOUNGSTOWN — Freshmade 3D, a portfolio company of the Youngstown Business Incubator, was purchased by suburban Pittsburgh firm, ExOne Company, a manufacturer of 3D-printing systems, it announced Wednesday.
The move allows ExOne to offer AMClad Tooling, a process patented by Freshmade 3D of infiltrating and coating 3D-printed sand forms to give them strength for a wide range of tooling applications, including vacuum forming.
Freshmade 3D already was using ExOne systems to make the tooling, according to a press release.
“We launched AMClad with the idea of using sand 3D-printing technology to deliver hard tooling faster and with more design freedom, to enable U.S. manufacturers to produce more locally and faster,” said Rich Wetzel, Freshmade 3D co-founder, who now will join ExOne’s applications team. “ExOne is the best company to accelerate this technology as we scale up for customers who’ve decided to leverage our solution to meet production goals faster. Companies are just beginning to discover how robust and affordable this technology is over conventional tooling.”
In addition to tooling, the AMClad process is being used to produce artwork or restoration pieces, including replication statues for museum exhibits, exterior reproductions for architectural refurbishment, or custom chrome details on classic cars.
Freshmade 3D was founded by Wetzel, Christopher Tomko and Brett Conner in 2016.