Prodways Group, headquartered in Paris, France, has reported the sale of its second Rapid Additive Forging metal Additive Manufacturing system. Through its Prodways RAF subsidiary, the machine was sold to a tier one research institute and will be delivered later this year.
The Rapid Additive Forging technology developed at Prodways is capable of producing large scale parts in various metals, including titanium and steel. Based on a type of Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) process, a blank is created in successive layers, very close to the finished dimensions, which is then machined to obtain the final part.
The machine offers a closed loop system where manufacturing requires little human supervision. Production parameters are automatically adjusted as the part is being manufactured, ensuring optimal quality and repeatability, key attributes when serving demanding markets such as the aerospace sector.
In addition to the manufacture of its RAF machines, Prodways also uses the technology to produce finished parts and blanks for its customers. The company reported that in recent months it has made sales of RAF testing parts to customers in the defence and nuclear sectors.