The model and mould making company HFM, the Neher Group, a manufacturer of precision tools, and w3 GmbH, a media service provider, merged in the year 2016 to establish NHW 3D GmbH. This led to the creation of a competence centre for additive processes in Ostrach in southern Germany. Its team of three optimises production processes for customers from the automotive, aerospace and mechanical engineering sectors and develops customised solutions from the idea to prototype construction and on through to preparation for series production. Its range of technical expertise includes plastic laser sintering, stereolithography and metal laser melting. After extensive field trials undertaken in cooperation with DMG MORI, NHW 3D has now expanded the possibilities and capacities in this third field with the procurement of a LASERTEC 30 SLM 2nd Generation.
“3D printing is an efficient solution for the production of complex components”, is how Michael Schmid, CEO of NHW 3D explains the core competence of his company. In particular the additive manufacture of metal components is growing in importance. “This is also true today for small series.” The products manufactured by NHW 3D range from zero series models for gauge and test equipment construction in the automotive industry to 3D-designed or scanned and subsequently optimised single items such as architectural models and on to include internally-cooled drilling and milling tools.