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New material – new process: mipart's portfolio continues its rapid growth

Components uploaded to mipart.com for machining can now also be machined in stainless steel

The on-demand manufacturing platform mipart continues on its course of rapid and successful expansion. In the past few days, Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), another additive manufacturing process, was launched in the online configurator. In addition, in the field of machining processes, stainless steel is now also available as a material online. At the startup pitch at the preview of the Hannover Messe, mipart was greeted with cheers.

The on-demand manufacturing platform mipart, a brand of BAM GmbH, once again proves its own claim to offer its customers full service from a single source. Not only because of the revolutionary simple procurement process, but also because of the enormous range of processes and materials on offer as well as the guaranteed industrial quality of the manufactured components. Now, with the go-live of FDM and stainless steel as a machining material, the range has once again been expanded.

FDM: Ideal for complex functional parts

Complex functional parts made of plastic using FDM

With FDM, mipart offers an efficient manufacturing process for plastic components with high-quality results for almost all geometric shapes. Thanks to the durable materials, the quality of the components and the stability of the components over time, FDM technology is ideal for producing complex functional parts in small quantities and for turning out prototypes for suitability and functional tests. To produce the components, mipart relies on high-end 3D printers from Stratasys and Markforged.
In the FDM process – to put it simply – molten plastic is applied in layers to a building platform. The building material is usually on a spool, which is passed under pressure through a heated extruder, and the material hardens quickly as it cools. Solid bodies are generally not printed entirely solidly, but rather contain supporting or fill structures. Supporting structures are also deployed for overhanging elements. Depending on the material, this support can later be dissolved in water or is easy to detach.

Stainless steel launched as a material

The next expansion of the online configurator involves the range of materials that can be used in CNC turning and milling - customers who upload their components to mipart.com for machining can now also choose stainless steel. As an on-demand manufacturer, mipart produces all the parts in the ultra-modern machine park with more than 40 machining centers of BAM GmbH itself.

First place at the startup pitch at HANNOVER MESSE

Marco Bauer (l.) and Dr. Jochen Köckler. Image source Robert Weber.

The startup pitch during the official preview of the HANNOVER MESSE was a great success. Speaking in front of around 150 international trade journalists, BAM Managing Director Marco Bauer gave a three-minute pitch on mipart and left the strong competition in the shade: in the vote among the press representatives present the On Demand Manufacturing platform came first.

About mipart – a BAM brand

On-demand manufacturing is the motivation behind mipart. As one of the leading on- demand manufacturers for the B2C and B2B market in German-speaking countries, with our machine learning algorithm and intelligent processes developed in-house we have brought digitalization into manufacturing industry. Batch sizes of just one at an attractive price are no longer a vision but a reality.

The on-demand manufacturing platform mipart is an offshoot of BAM GmbH and combines software and manufacturing expertise in a unique way – from prototype to large series BAM manufactures metal and plastic components with the tightest of tolerances, for example for laboratory equipment, sensor applications and rail vehicles. Founded in 2011 by Marco Bauer, BAM GmbH today has more than 150 employees. As a pioneer in digitization, in 2018 the company received the "Digital Champions Award" from Deutsche Telekom and, as a "TOP Innovator", ranks among the 100 most innovative medium-sized companies in Germany. The magazine Focus Business nominated the company as a "growth champion" in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Over at the renowned Financial Times of London, BAM GmbH is listed among the 1,000 fastest-growing companies in Europe.