Kurtz Ersa is a globally active machine manufacturer, founded in 1779 and in its 7th generation of owner-management. As a technology and market leader in the fields of electronics production equipment, molding machines, and automation, they work strategically and purposefully to advance their customers’ production worldwide. Their vision is to become the No. 1 team for sustainable production solutions, arising from the combination of people, technology, and sustainability.
The motto "tradition through diversification" has always ensured survival. In low-pressure die casting, the Group is feeling the effects of the upheavals in the drive technology of the automotive market. "3D metal printing is an excellent complement to our relationships in the manufacturing scene," explains Rainer Kurtz, CEO of Kurtz Ersa.
The Kurtz Ersa Alpha 140 was designed by Laser Melting Innovations GmbH & Co. KG (LMI), a spin-off from the cradle of metallic 3D printing of the Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing (ACAM), the leading institute at RWTH Aachen University. The LMI team has more than 20 years of experience in the field of additive manufacturing and was founded with the aim of enabling small and medium-sized companies, vocational schools and universities to enter the fascinating world of laser metal melting at a reasonable purchase price. The Alpha 140 is manufactured by the Kurtz GmbH machine factory in Kreuzwertheim.
Professor Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Johannes Henrich Schleifenbaum, one of the founders of the LMI, explains: "Our goal is to democratize 3D metal printing in order to provide small and medium-sized businesses in particular with a cost-effective entry into the new world of digital manufacturing".
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