Jan 21, 2016 | By Kira

Just two months ago, Prodways Group launched an Aerospace Division specifically for the research and development of 3D printed aerospace parts. Now, Prodways, a subsidiary of France’s Group Gorgé, has signed a major strategic partnership agreement with Nextteam Group to form a joint company called Prodways-Nexteam, which will develop mass produced, on-board metal 3D printed parts for the aerospace sector.

Metal additive manufacturing is highly sought out in the aerospace, defense, and automobile sectors specifically because it allows manufacturers to create complex shapes with durable, lightweight and mechanically-sound materials, all while reducing cost and manufacturing times.

Through its INITIAL subsidiary, Prodways already has 20 years’ experience in 3D printing parts for the aerospace industry, as well as access to 10 machines covering all metal additive manufacturing technologies. Prodways considers aerospace to be a ‘priority market’ in which it is already well positioned, as it counts more than 10 major industry players among its customers, including Airbus Helicopter, Dassault Aviation, Airbus Defense and Space, Thales, SMA, Vision System Aeronautic, Sogeclair Aerospace, and more.

Meanwhile, Nexteam Group, based in Marmande, France, is itself a key player in the machining of complex and hard metal parts for the aerospace, space and defense markets. Nexteam offers expertise in the design, manufacture, assembly and maintenance of both large and small precision mechanical parts in all types of metal alloys, and is thus the perfect addition to Prodways Group’s Aerospace Division.

According to Philippe Laude, Deputy Managing Director of Prodways Group, the Prodways-Nexteam partnership “reflects Prodways’ aim to become the leader in the design and production of mechanical aerospace parts using 3D printing.”

“This partnership with Nexteam Group, which will provide its expertise in the areas of machining and finalization, will ensure that we can scale up our manufacturing processes to an industrial level that meets the technical requirements of the major players in the aerospace market,” said Laude.

“With this agreement, we are adding a new skill that will enable us to offer our customers an integrated range of products and robust optimization solutions, backed by a leading player in the sector, an expert in all metal additive manufacturing technologies,” added Ludovic Asquini, chairman of Nexteam Group.

Prodways Groups’ Aerospace Division, which counts the aerospace division of ECA group, INITIAL, Prodways, and now Nexteam as partners, is based in the aeronautics hub of Toulouse, France, where a dedicated showroom highlights the team’s knowledge and technology, and offers a full range of additive manufacturing products and services dedicated to the aerospace sector.



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