Prodways develops new metal 3D printing technology

The Prodways R&D teams have been collaborating with CEA-LITEN for two years. This collaboration with this institute of CEA – CEA Tech – is working on a new metal 3D printing process using metal powder combined with organic binders. This project has recently seen its first successful production of titanium parts using this new exclusive process.

This new technology would offer substantial advantages compared to the highest performance methods currently in use. It would offer a printing process that is up to five times faster than direct metal 3D printing. It requires less energy, as the energy normally used to fuse metal is provided by an oven and not a laser. It provides a very high degree of precision that is not possible with current metal 3D printing technology.

Prodways has also obtained the first conclusive results in refining the process by using MOVINGLight® technology for indirect fabrication of metal parts. Prodways is also developing new resins that can optimise this technology for casting metal parts. This indirect process, which is often used in the aeronautic and automotive industries, is currently being tested at several leading companies in these sectors. The Prodways subsidiary also has reinforced its offer by acquiring a new metal fusing machine so that it can optimally meet the requirements of the aeronautics and medical sectors.