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MBDA chooses Prodways rapid additive forging technology for production of defense parts

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Prodways Rapid Additive Forging (RAF) technology dedicated to the 3D printing of large dimension titanium parts for aeronautics applications is attracting interest from other industrial sectors. As part of a development project, MBDA, one of the global leaders in defense, has chosen Prodways RAF technology to produce massive titanium parts.

A type of WAAM (wire arc additive manufacturing) process, Prodways Rapid Additive Forging technology offers an alternative to conventional subtractive manufacturing processes and can reduce usual lead-times by around one semester, both for the supply and machining of titanium.

MBDA selects Prodways RAF technology

RAF technology is disrupting this type of manufacturing by printing, in record time, blank parts close to final dimensions that are easier and faster to machine. In general, several aerospace suppliers are now looking beyond PBF processes for high-precision parts and looking increasingly to add AM production of large parts into their capabilities.

For MBDA, the benefits are manifold: costs and lead-times cut by 25% compared to the conventional manufacturing processes, and a part that meets all technical requirements. This initial success opens the way to the series production of parts based on Rapid Additive Forging technology.

Prodways Group’s Rapid Additive Forging capabilities are on display at the Paris Air Show until June 23rd, 2019 at the Le Bourget Parc des Expositions, hall 2B, booth F121.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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