February 8, 2019

CT's Whitcraft adds 3-D printer to fold

Photo | Flickr via Ryan Somma
Photo | Flickr via Ryan Somma
A 3-D printer.

Northeastern Connecticut aeroparts maker The Whitcraft Group has acquired a New Hampshire company's three-dimensional, metal printing technology.

Eastford-based Whitcraft paid an unspecified sum for closely held Form 3D Solutions of Dover, N.H., Whitcraft CEO Doug Folsom said Thursday. Form 3D founder Joe Gabriel and an unspecified number of his staffers joined Whitcraft through the merger.

Form 3D specializes in additive manufacturing, technology used to form three-dimensional, precision titanium and nickel-alloy parts.

Traditionally, such parts are created in metal molds or forms, or shaped from billet steel, aluminum or titanium. 3-D printing, however, eliminates much of the waste associated with injection molds and cutting lathes.

"More and more industries, including aerospace, are looking to additive manufacturing as an innovative way to reduce cost and improve performance of manufactured products," Folsom said.

The Whitcraft Group other divisions include Whitcraft LLC; Connecticut Tool & Manufacturing; Berkshire Manufactured Products; and AcuCut.

Whitcraft says its major customers include Pratt & Whitney and sister United Technologies Aerospace Systems; Sikorsky Aircraft; GE Aircraft Engines; Honeywell; Rolls-Royce PLC; and Safran.

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