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In the early 1990s, André-Luc Allanic, a world renowned specialist and 3D printing pioneer, was working on innovative technologies (including stereolithography, and metal and polymer powder sintering). He developed some of the first European 3D printing systems for the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Laser 3D, a company he joined in 1993. The stereolithography machines he designed at the time were the fastest on the market.
In 1997, André-Luc Allanic formed his own company – Optoform – and developed revolutionary systems. He sold the company to 3D Systems in 2001
In 2007, the arrival of the new generation of DLP® microelectronic chips offered new opportunities for André-Luc Allanic to realize his vision: he combined a DLP® chip with a high-power UV diode (LED) to design the most accurate and fastest 3D printers on the market. MOVINGLight® technology was born. André-Luc established PHIDIAS TECHNOLOGIES to market new machines based on this technology.
In 2013, André-Luc Allanic met Raphaël Gorgé and was won over by the idea of partnering a French industrial group with a culture of strong technological aptitude. Raphaël Gorgé immediately recognized the significance of the technological leap off ered by MOVINGLight® technology and the benefits of applying the resources of GROUPE GORGÉ to bring those innovations to the international market.
André-Luc Allanic and Raphaël Gorgé, CEO of the Groupe Gorgé, met in the spring of 2013. André-Luc Allanic liked the idea of being associated with a French industrial group with a culture of strong technological aptitude and almost 50% of its business in exports. Raphaël Gorgé, CEO of the eponymous group, quickly realized the leap in technology provided by MOVINGLight® technology and how the resources of his group would be able to expand its reach internationally.
Beyond their shared passion for scientific research and technological innovation, the two men very quickly realized 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, in just over two years, Prodways made the necessary strategic steps to be able to deliver its clients a complete 3D printing solution,meeting the most stringent quality requirements.
Overcoming these key stages, Prodways Group confirms its ambition to capitalize on the boom of this market, pursuing its growth targets and cementing its position as Europe’s leading integrated provider of B2B and industrial 3D printing solutions.