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Prodways Unveils TPU Material for Laser Sintering Technology

Published on 2016-04-29. Author : SpecialChem

While attending the international AMUG conferences as a platinum sponsor from April 3 to 7 in St Louis, USA, Prodways, a Groupe Gorgé subsidiary, announced the launch of a new thermoplastic polyurethane material (TPU), which will join its range of powders available for use with laser sintering technology.

Prodways Unveils TPU for Laser Sintering Technology
Fig. 1: Prodways Unveils TPU for Laser Sintering Technology

This new TPU-70A powder is an elastomer-type material destined for the laser sintering printing of flexible rubber-type objects for a wide variety of applications, including bellows, seals, flexible hoses, sports shoe soles and luxury accessories.

This new thermoplastic polyurethane material (TPU) stands out for its excellent elongation at break capacity (over 300%), allowing the printing of ultra-flexible objects with very high levels of precision and resolution. It also benefits from high resistance to chemical products as well as high performance for refresh rate, thus optimizing material consumption. Lastly, and in contrast with market standards, this new thermoplastic polyurethane material (TPU) offers high durability, without the need for infiltration processes.

With this launch, Prodways, a Groupe Gorgé subsidiary, confirms its desire to offer a very wide range of laser sintering materials for its own printers and also for all laser sintering printers on the market, thus allowing its customers to develop new applications.

This complete powder range for laser sintering technology is distinguished by its very fine granulometry for very high resolution parts and very high refresh rate levels, thus reducing consumption by up to 40% compared to the other powders on the market, for better optimization of production costs.

During the international AMUG conference, Prodways also presented for the first time in the United States its recent “Prodways powered by Farsoon” ProMaker series P range of laser sintering printers, offering high thermal stability with optimized mechanical properties, combined with a fully digital, ultra-fast and very high precision laser scanner. In addition, Prodways offers a wide portfolio of materials and has adopted an open materials strategy for this range with the aim of facilitating innovation for its customers.

This launch, along with the recent announcement of the sale of the first six laser sintering machines, constitute the first successes for Prodways in laser sintering technology, and confirm its rise towards the position of third-largest global player with a multi-technology offer.

About Prodways

The Groupe Gorgé is a high-tech industrial group established 25 years ago and managed by the Gorgé family.

The group designs high-tech systems (in particular: drones, robots and 3D printers) for the most demanding sectors (aerospace, medical, defense, oil & gas, energy).

Prodways, Deltamed GmbH, Exceltec, Prodways Entrepreneurs and INITIAL are the subsidiaries in the 3D printing division.

Source: Prodways

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