The partnership is focused on the development of new and adoption of existing atomized copper alloys for Prima Additive’s Laser Powder Bed Fusion machines. The agreement also includes the installation of a dual Prima Additive laser system equipped with green and red lasers within Safina for R&D purposes and production orders. SAFINA also becomes the exclusive supplier of atomized copper alloys to Prima Additive.
Petr Štefek, Head of Additive Manufacturing, SAFINA adds: „We are hopeful that this partnership will accelerate the development of new materials of copper alloys and precious metals for additive manufacturing and enable the company to significantly expand its portfolio of services. The installed Prima Additive machine will, hopefully, be the first of many planned installations in future years so that the company will be able to offer development and production capabilities to its partners. We look forward to the challenges associated with a newly formed partnership with such an ambitious company as Prima Additive.“
SAFINA will also act as Prima Additive’s application centre for Eastern Europe, providing a local touchpoint for Prima Additive, but above all a fundamental support to those who want to explore additive manufacturing or to those who need application studies. By combining SAFINA´s experience as a material expert with Prima Additive’s experience as a machine builder it will be possible to allow both companies to achieve important steps forward in process optimization, to make additive manufacturing increasingly competitive and unlock new application fields, as well as new markets.
“We are very proud to announce this agreement – says Paolo Calefati, CEO of Prima Additive – because we have recently noticed an increase in requests for applications in special materials. This partnership allows us to continue our developments on the process, with particular reference to some of the most promising sectors for the use of additive manufacturing, such as aerospace and jewellery. Our solutions, thanks to their green laser source, are the optimal response to the need to process highly reflective materials and we are sure that Safina is the ideal partner to further increase the quality, reliability, and repeatability of the process”
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Prima Additive is a Business Unit of Prima Industrie Group developing, manufacturing, selling and distributing industrial Metal Additive Manufacturing systems worldwide.
Benefiting from Prima Industrie’s longstanding experience on laser machinery and services, Prima Additive provides strong support to its customers, developing innovative applications driven by the recent needs and demands in the main industrial sectors (i.e. aerospace, automotive, energy) where Additive Manufacturing is dynamically evolving.
Prima Additive covers the two main laser-based AM technologies (Powder Bed Fusion & Direct Energy Deposition) and has strong partnerships with strategic actors (Joint ventures with technology providers, Universities and Competences Centres).
Prima Industrie is a group with nearly 1,800 employees worldwide, manufacturing facilities in Italy, Finland, USA and China and a sales and service network in over 80 countries.
SAFINA is a company established in 1920 and it has long tradition in jewelry and precious metal industries and nowadays it has quite range portfolio of products including metal powders for additive manufacturing.
SAFINA aimed its powder manufacturing mainly to copper, copper alloys and precious metal powders. SAFINA´s laboratories are equipped with wide range of measurement devices. Thanks to this, it is possible to guarantee the quality of the powders during the whole manufacturing process.
SAFINA is a company with nearly 200 employees with branches in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Romania and USA and it sells its products to whole world.