In-Place Machining Company Acquires WL3 Solutions, LLC

Addition of 3D Metrology Expert Reinforces Commitment to Providing Comprehensive Industrial Services to Commercial and Defense Aerospace and Shipbuilding Customers


October, 2023 | Milwaukee, WIIn-Place Machine Company, LLC (IPM) is pleased to announce the acquisition of WL3 Solutions (WL3) as part of a long-term growth strategy to expand reach and service offerings to commercial and defense customers in key regions of the U.S. and Canada. Globally recognized as the premier provider of high-precision industrial solutions, IPM has long been the leader in on-site and shop machining, diamond wire cutting and drilling, dimensional metrology inspections, and machine alignment services. Incorporating WL3’s expertise in 3D metrology technologies and modeling software solutions tailored to the aerospace, shipbuilding, and manufacturing sectors, significantly amplifies the advantages available to IPM’s customers seeking turnkey industrial solutions.

“We are very happy to add WL3 to the IPM Team,” said Dean Flint, President and CEO of In-Place Machining Company. “Highly respected and a recognized expert in the use of 3D metrology tools and software in the aerospace and shipbuilding industries, WL3 founder Will Austin, adds another level of service excellence for our customers – both defense and commercial.”

“This is a very exciting time for WL3 and our customers,” said Will Austin, Owner and Founder, WL3 Solutions. “It was important that we partner with a company that is dedicated to providing a level of precision and excellence that matches our own commitment to delivering the best solutions for our customer’s 3D metrology needs. Together with IPM, we look forward to achieving even greater heights in providing exceptional 3-dimensional services.”

Based in Smithfield, Virginia, WL3 has pioneered and delivered a multitude of 3D measurement solutions, catering to projects of varying scales for both commercial and defense clients within the aerospace and shipbuilding sectors. Collaborating closely with industry frontrunners in metrology software and cutting-edge technologies, they have continuously strived to redefine the boundaries of high-precision measurement and precision laser scanning. For over 17 years, WL3 has dedicated its efforts to developing metrology and laser scanning solutions tailored to intricate 3D challenges, encompassing precision laser scanning and 3D modeling, dimensional metrology, and metrology automations.

WL3 is the newest member of IPM’s Measurement & Alignment Services Division, joining East Coast Metrology, OASIS Alignment Services, and Exact Metrology.

By strategically adding leading industrial service companies to its growing business portfolio, IPM strengthens its goal of being the turnkey industrial solutions provider of choice to customers across an array of industries. With the dedicated field machining and in-shop Machining Services Division of IPM and Western Machine Works, LLC and the specialized metrology and alignment capabilities of the Measurement & Alignment Services Division, IPM has the largest full-time team of highly skilled industrial field and shop technicians in North America.



Dean Flint
President & CEO
In-Place Machining Company, LLC
3811 N. Holton Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
[email protected]

Will Austin
Director of Business Development
WL3 Solutions: A Division of In-Place Machining Company
PO Box 907
Smithfield, VA 23430
[email protected]


In-Place Machining Company: On-Site Machining Solutions In-Place, Any Place in the World.

With fifteen locations across the United States and Canada, In-Place Machining Company is the premier provider of high-precision engineered on-site machining, machine shop services, large-scale cutting & drilling, dimensional metrology, and alignment services for a wide range of industries including renewable energy, aerospace, industrial, and military customers throughout the world. For more visit

WL3 Solutions, LLC : A Division of In-Place Machining Company

Located in Smithfield, VA, WL3 develops 3D measurement and laser scanning solutions for complex dimensional issues in commercial/defense aerospace manufacturing, commercial/defense shipbuilding, alternative energy, composite manufacturing, and heavy industry. For more visit

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