May 17, 2016

At the opening of Rapid 2016 additive manufacturing event, Prodways, a subsidiary of Groupe Gorgé, presents its new industrial laser sintering printer, the ProMaker P1000 and announces the signature of a strategic partnership with the leading chemical company, BASF, for the marketing of their new PA6 laser sintering powder.

According to the company, the development of this new printer is the result of the purchase of Norge Systems in March 2015 combined with the Prodways R&D teams’ expertise in powder sintering technology. It extends the current “Prodways powered by Farsoon” range in the industrial segment.

The new ProMaker P1000 3D printer boasts ten-zone heating system with intelligent temperature control and 300 x 300 x 300 mm (11 x 11 x 11 in) build platform for printing large items. It features smart temperature control system, a completely new modular coating system, enabling optimal control of the powder distribution and more even layers using all types of material, as well as an easy to use touchscreen.

The new ProMaker P1000 3D printer will be available at the end of 2016 at a special launch price of under €100,000 (excl. tax).

ProMaker P1000 Specifications:

  • External Dimensions: 1640 x 1000 x 1920 mm (65 x 39 x 76 in)
  • Build size: 300 x 300 x 300 mm (11 x 11 x 11 in)
  • Volume build rate @0.10mm layer thickness: 0.5 l/h (30 in³/h)
  • Volume build rate @0.12mm layer thickness: 0.6 l/h (36 in³/h)
  • Scanning Speed: 3.5 m/s (118 in/s)
  • Scan Spacing: 0.15 - 0.30 mm (0.006 - 0.012 in)
  • Layer thickness (typical): 0.06 - 0.12 mm (0.1 mm) / 0.002-0.004 in (0.004 in)
  • Laser Type: 30W CO²
  • Laser beam size: 450 μm
  • Laser Window: Removable, Easy to clean
  • Precision optics: F-theta-lens
  • Powder Feed Mode: Bi-directional powder feed system with two feed cylinders
  • Powder Delivery: Modular recoating system: precision counter-rotating roller or linear blade
  • Max. Chamber Temperature: 200°C (392°F)
  • Thermal Field Control: Ten independent heaters with double IR sensor & intelligent temperature control systems
  • Key Software Features: Slicing on the fly
  • Weight: 700 kg (1544 lb)
  • Data File Format: .STL / 3MF

Prodways has also announced the partnership with BASF for the marketing of their new PA6 laser sintering powder developed by BASF jointly with LSS, Hunan Farsoon Tech Ltd and Varia 3D.

PA6 is a widely-used material today, in particular in the automotive and electronics industries, where it can replace metal in order to produce lighter-weight parts and reduce production costs for massive parts, hot engine parts and electronic components.

The new PA6 polymer powder offers new possibilities for the series production of parts, for example functional components, with more complex structures and more customized designs, but with the similar mechanical resistance, hardness and thermal stability properties as parts produced today in PA6 via traditional injection techniques.

The new PA6 stands out by its good recyclability and adds to Prodways’ materials portfolio, which already includes PA12, PA11 and TPU allowing the development of new applications for series parts.



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