Inovsys—a France-based provider of services focused on the integration of industrial mechanics, materials and processes—and Roboze, an Italy-based manufacturer of fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printers, have signed an agreement to study and develop materials for aerospace and medical 3D printing (3DP) applications.
The collaboration is to be deployed under TEAM Henri-Fabre, an Inovsys-led public-private project that brings together organizations from the aerospace, energy, medical and naval industries for the purpose of sharing expertise in the fields of mechanics, materials and processes. The ultimate aim of the project is to encourage growth of advanced manufacturing in France’s Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region.
Furthermore, the collaboration is to be supported by Roboze’s commercial partner Kreos, a France-based industrial 3DP equipment reseller. Kreos introduced the two companies and has been made responsible for managing commercial operations.
Inovsys has acquired a Roboze One + 400 3D printer as part of the agreement. The Roboze One + 400 is to be instrumental in realizing the collaboration’s end-goal, namely the said development of materials following, and subject to, an initial study of their likely impact once brought to market. This approach is expected to deliver 3DP solutions that ‘empower’ the aerospace and medical industries.
Inovsys’s main objective is enabling its customers to manage the risk of incorporating innovative products and processes that serve to increase their production efficiency. As such, the company is committed to 3DP R&D activities.
Roboze is considered an ideal partner, particularly since it brought to market the possibility of producing prototypes and end-use metal replacement parts in polyether ether ketone (PEEK) and polyetherimide (PEI) materials. The companies will initially focus on PEEK and PEI but later move on to other technopolymers, including filled ones.
Guilhem Monti, president of Inovsys, said: ‘Roboze was the best partner [in terms of] field of expertise and specificities of our ongoing collaborative project.’
Alessio Lorusso, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Roboze, added: ‘Thanks to the partnership with Inovsys, as well as in general with TEAM Henri-Fabre, we have the chance to develop advanced production techniques, aimed to deliver the best solutions to our customers in a faster way.’