In a new partnership, Wysiwyg 3D has joined forces with GoProto to create a unified laser scanning and 3D printing service bureau.

By introducing scanning and digitising expertise into GoProto’s advanced manufacturing network, the merger enables a streamlined solution at every stage of the product development cycle. Shane Rolton, Managing Director of Wysiwyg 3D, sees the merger as a particularly beneficial opportunity for his clients, employees and business partners.

“Our focus has always been on taking care of our customers by understanding what drives their business and providing solutions that affect the bottom line,” said Rolton. “We’ve already been working on a number of projects with GoProto. Combining our expertise and resources shortens the time-lag between scan data and production, putting ourselves exactly where our customers need us.”

A recent project involving the repair of a rescue helicopter fuselage hatch served as a testament to the capabilities of these two companies and the potential for building greater manufacturing sovereignty within Australia. Traditionally, the NSW emergency service provider relied on overseas supply of spare parts, but with the delays relating to COVID-19, this meant that the helicopter was going to be out-of-service for several weeks. By scanning the hatch and creating 3D printed patterns followed by carbon-fibre moulds, lightweight and durable replacement parts were installed within a matter of five days.

Simon Marriott, Director of GoProto, sees the adoption of 3D scanning and product digitisation increasing enormously as manufacturers adopt Industry 4.0 to become best-in-class. He described the partnership with Wysiwyg 3D as “a logical step in our growth strategy”.

Wysiwyg 3D has been providing 3D scanning services since 2003. It will continue to provide the same quality laser scanning, photogrammetry and 3D CAD modelling service under the GoProto banner in Sydney.