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At the start of the 1990s, André-Luc Allanic, a worldwide specialist and pioneer of 3D printing who worked on several innovative technologies (notably stereolithography, selective laser sintering and polyamide powder sintering), developed some of the first European 3D printing systems for the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) and Laser 3D which he joined in 1993. The stereolithography machines that he designed were the fastest on the market at the time. In 1997, André-Luc Allanic started his own company—Optoform—and developed revolutionary systems. Mr Allanic’s innovations are therefore considered to have spearheaded “the future of this industry”.
In 2007, the arrival of a new generation of DLP® microelectronic chips enabled André-Luc Allanic to achieve his vision: he linked a DLP® chip with a high power UV diode (LED) to design the most precise and fastest 3D printers on the market. MOVINGLight® technology was born. In 2008, based on this technology, André-Luc Allanic created a company to manufacture and market new 3D printers. The high level of customer satisfaction and growing demand encouraged him to look for a solid industrial partner for support.
André-Luc Allanic and Raphaël Gorgé, CEO of the Groupe Gorgé, met in spring 2013. André-Luc Allanic liked the idea of being associated with a French industrial group having a strong technological culture and almost 50% of its business in exports. As for Raphaël Gorgé, CEO of the eponymous group, he quickly realised the leap in technology provided by MOVINGLight® technology as well as the resources that his group would be able to bring expand internationally. Beyond their shared passion for scientific research and technological innovation, the two men very quickly realised that they also had the same vision and ambition: turn Prodways into the world’s third-largest player by offering clients a range of technologies and a complete 3D printing service.
With their sights set on this ambition and in just over two years, Prodways made the necessary strategic steps to be able to issue its clients with a complete offer meeting the most stringent quality requirements:
Overcoming these key stages confirmed the announced ambition to become the No. 3 worldwide leader by providing a number of technologies. But it also displays the outstanding quality provided by the Groupe Gorgé who knew to draw on their experiences from the rest of their industrial activities to allow Prodways to make faster headway than its competitors.