The year 2018 is off to a good start for Prodways Technologies with the first sales of the ProMaker LD-10 SLS systems in the early-adopter program for the “compact” dental segment. The company also sold a large format Selective Laser Sintering 3D printer, the ProMaker P4500 HT, in the aeronautics sector.
Echoing the presentation at the FormNext trade fair of its new generation dental 3D printers, the ProMaker LD Series, based on its patented MOVINGLight technology, Prodways Technologies is now reporting that its early-adopter programme was successful and that it has sold the ProMaker LD-10 3D printers to leading dental laboratories in Italy, Germany and the United States.
The development of this new generation of 3D printers is based on the success of Prodways’ exclusive MOVINGLight technology, which has won over major players in the dental sector (manufacturers of dental aligners, large dental laboratories and production centers) with its unique combination of high precision and productivity across large manufacturing platforms. This new range reflects Prodways’ desire to offer the professional performance of MOVINGLight technology in a more compact and versatile format and at an affordable price (less than €100,000 for the first models in the range), thereby meeting the requirements of dental laboratories embarking on their transition to a digital workflow.
ProMaker LD series 3D printers are offered with the high-performance resins of Prodways Materials, addressing the needs of the dental sector. The system is used for 3D printing resins for dental models intended for restoration (crowns, bridges, etc.) and also for dental models used for thermoforming (dental aligners, splints, etc.). Another common application is with burnout 3D printing resins for the casting of fixed crowns or stellites (metal or ceramic).
During 2018, Prodways will launch of new resins for its MOVINGLight platform: one is a 3D printing resin dedicated to surgical guide applications and temporary bridge crown, while the other one is a new 3D printing material specifically for hearing aids. The development of these new materials draws on the experience of the companies most recently acquired by Prodways Group: The French dental laboratory, Cristal, as well as Interson Protac, a leading French company that makes ear tips for hearing aids and customised hearing protectors.
Prodways Technologies also sold a Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D printer from the Powered by Farsoon range, the ProMaker P4500 HT, to a top aircraft manufacturer. The deal comes in the wake of its partnership with Safran and the recent launch by Renaissance Services, an integrated US company supporting aerospace and defense companies, of a new entity specialized in additive manufacturing using its technology.
This industrial 3D printer is characterized by its high-temperature capability (up to 220°C), unique in its segment, and by a very large production platform (400mm x 400mm x 600mm) that opens up new development possibilities for the aerospace sector. The ProMaker 4500 HT 3D printer will be used by its R&D center to develop new applications and design parts with complex geometries and aerodynamic properties that are difficult to manufacture with standard methods for parts used in engines, turbines, airplane wings or cabin interiors.
3D printing for the aeronautic and space sector is a priority market for Prodways Group, which already boasts more than ten major industry players among its clients.
These announcements once again confirm the unique positioning of Prodways Group, which has expanded across the entire additive manufacturing value chain to meet the requirements of industrial sectors with high added value, such as the aeronautics and medical sectors.