Desktop Metal announced Sept. 9 that it has acquired Aidro, an Italian company that designs and manufactures components for fluid power systems.
According to a Desktop Metal press release, “Aidro is a pioneer in the volume production of next-generation hydraulic and fluid power systems through metal additive manufacturing (AM) across a wide range of industries, including oil & gas, agricultural equipment, aerospace, and mobile and industrial machinery, among others.”
Founded in 1982 and based in northern Italy, Aidro has almost 40 years of experience in the design and production of valves, manifolds, and various hydraulic components and fluid power systems, the press release said.
Aidro redesigns traditional hydraulic components for AM production using complex geometries to reduce weight, save space, and consolidate multiple components into one, eliminating assembly and welding requirements. Hydraulic components produced by Aidro using AM improve performance versus conventional manufacturing by optimizing flow-channel placement and geometry to increase flow capacity and decrease pressure drops, according to the press release.
Aidro has invested in AM facilities and processes alongside its conventional manufacturing capabilities. The company’s dedicated AM department features metal 3D printers, 3D scanning technologies, and ISO9001 and AS/EN9100 certifications.
According to the press release, Desktop Metal, based in Burlington, Massachusetts, was founded in 2015 and “is accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with an expansive portfolio of 3D printing solutions, from rapid prototyping to mass production.”