Tooling manufacturer Brown & Holmes expands material options with Stratasys 3D printers

UK tooling manufacturer Brown & Holmes have expanded their material options for customers, with the acquisition of two Stratasys 3D Printers – F170 and Fortus 450mc.

Since their founding in 1939, Brown & Holmes has been providing automation, work holding, and machining services to industries like automotive, aerospace, and construction.

With their customer base looking for newer and different materials beyond the conventional, the newly acquired Stratasys 3D Printers means that they can now meet that demand with the ability to print over 17 materials and also adopt the newer carbon-fiber type material as replacements for metal parts in production solutions.

Parts produced with 3D printing for example with the Fortus 450mc are much quicker to produce compared to traditional machining, and the materials used are far lighter than metal but yet give nothing up in terms of strength and durability. The 3D printers also allow designers more opportunities to customize or get more experimental with design processes.

The F170 is designed for easy integration within existing workspaces and offers a choice of PLA or engineering thermoplastics with great durability. The more advanced Fortus 450mc can print bigger engineering-grade thermoplastics such as Nylon 12CF (Carbon Fiber) and is ideal for producing jigs, fixtures, factory tooling, and other end-use parts.

Apart from using the 3D Printers to print their own manufacturing parts for fixtures and solutions, Brown & Holmes is also looking to offer printing services as a separate entity to their core business, and reach out to new and existing customers looking for 3D printing solutions to streamline with work processes.

If you require further information regarding our Fortus 3D Printers or 3D printing materials, you can contact us via our contact form, email us at, or call +65 6631 8555.

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