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GKN Powder Metallurgy Acquires FORECAST 3D, Expands Additive Manufacturing Capabilities to Include Plastics
LONDON, Oct. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet / --

US-based plastic parts provider adds 25 years of experience in polymers to 
GKN's advanced additive manufacturing production capabilities and market 
leadership ambitions in this high growth market


- GKN Powder Metallurgy, global producer of metal powder and parts, acquires 
leading plastic 3D printing company FORECAST 3D 
- Companies join to deliver industrial 3D printing capabilities to more 
industries across a larger global footprint 
- Acquisition builds off rapid success of HP Metal Jet technology, links 
businesses that successfully leverage HP 3D printing solutions in metal and 

GKN Powder Metallurgy, the world's largest producer of metal powder and parts, 
has acquired FORECAST 3D, a leading US specialist in plastic additive 
manufacturing offering a full range of services from concept to series 
production. The acquisition furthers GKN Powder Metallurgy's ambition to 
achieve global market leadership in industrializing additive manufacturing. The 
combination creates a geographic and market expansion for GKN Powder 
Metallurgy's conventional and additive manufacturing customers.   

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FORECAST 3D, headquartered in Carlsbad, California and founded in 1994, serves 
a diversified target audience in the North American west coast. Prior to the 
acquisition, GKN Powder Metallurgy's primary market focus was in North 
America's midwestern region, as well as Europe and China. By combining both 
businesses, GKN Powder Metallurgy now serves all markets with a full range of 
3D printing production technology and an expanded global footprint.

"FORECAST 3D is a perfect fit," said Peter Oberparleiter, CEO, GKN Powder 
Metallurgy. "They are everywhere we aren't - geographies, markets, technologies 
and base materials. Combining our individual capabilities will present 
unparalleled advantages to our customer bases and enable us to cross-promote 
additive manufacturing in metal and plastic over more diversified markets. It 
is an important step on our journey to become No. 1 in this high growth market."

Leading a high-growth industry

FORECAST 3D leads the plastic 3D printing industry, with a fleet of 
industrial-grade HP Jet Fusion 3D printers. FORECAST 3D and HP Multi Jet Fusion 
technology both deliver industry-leading advantages in quality, speed and 
economics, complementing GKN Powder Metallurgy's advancements in metal 3D 
printing for mass production.

"At FORECAST 3D, our roots run deep in the world of nimble, low volume polymer 
additive manufacturing. As we continue to branch out and focus on high volume 
additive production, what better partner to pair with than GKN; a company that 
produces over 13 million parts per day?" said Corey Weber, CEO and co-founder, 
FORECAST 3D. "GKN's resources, production experience and footprint will be the 
perfect fuel for this new FORECAST 3D engine as we prime it for the new world 
of local, on-demand manufacturing." 

Two HP strategic partners join forces

Both GKN and FORECAST 3D have been pioneers in using HP's metals and plastics 
platforms. As foundational partners in the HP Digital Manufacturing Network, 
this acquisition brings together two experienced parts producers to further 
accelerate the mass production of high-quality final parts for customers around 
the world.

"There is enormous opportunity for growth in 3D printing and it is exciting to 
see GKN and FORECAST 3D come together to push the boundaries in both metals and 
plastics mass production," said Christoph Schell, President, HP 3D Printing and 
Digital Manufacturing. "Customers worldwide now have the confidence of two of 
the premiere producers of 3D-printed parts at the ready to help accelerate 
digital manufacturing transformation and deliver innovative, high-quality 

About GKN Powder Metallurgy
GKN Powder Metallurgy is a full metal shapes solutions provider, shaping powder 
metal into high performance and high precision components. It provides leading 
powder metal expertise and process experience to transform ideas into 
production. The company consists of GKN Hoeganaes, GKN Sinter Metals, and GKN 
Additive to provide powder materials, conventional components, and Additive 
Manufacturing production. It combines three focused businesses under one brand. 
Together it employs over 7,400 problem solvers over 30 locations, setting its 
global engineering network at the highest standard.

In September 2018 GKN Powder Metallurgy announced a breakthrough partnership 
with HP and Volkswagen to bring Metal 3D printing to mass production:

About FORECAST 3D        

FORECAST 3D was founded in 1994 by brothers Corey and Donovan Weber, in a small 
garage with a single machine. Today, with over 45 industrial 3D printers 
in-house and three facilities, FORECAST 3D services companies of all sizes 
across all industries. Offering a diverse range of additive manufacturing 
technologies - with HP's Multi Jet Fusion, FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling), 
DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering), SLA (Stereolithography), PolyJet, as well 
as Urethane Casting and CNC Machining services - FORECAST 3D emphasizes their 
focus on the customer and the quality of parts delivered.     

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