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3D printing technology for large scale works made with minerals powder

Country of origin:
Country: 
ITALY
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TOIT20210714001
Published
14/07/2021
Last update
21/07/2021
Expiration date
22/07/2022

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Materials, components and systems for construction
Construction methods and equipment
Construction maintenance and monitoring methods & equipment
Construction engineering (design, simulation)
Construction companies
Manufacture of construction materials, components and systems
Distribution of building products and systems
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Summary

Summary: 
An Italian SME, active since 2015, has developed proprietary technological solutions to produce 3D printers and systems to realize large scale works. They have evolved the “powder bed” technology to produce, with mineral powders and inorganic binders, works and objects with far superior levels of flexibility and efficiency. Investors for developing new applications and/or companies interested to adopt this technology through technical cooperation and commercial agreement are sought

Description

Description: 

The Italian company is an innovative SME, active since 2015 in the field of Additive Manufacturing, specialized in the production of 3D printers and systems to create large-scale works.
The company has developed proprietary technological solutions that allows significant competitive advantages in terms of production flexibility, quality and production price.
In particular, it has evolved the "powder bed" (or InkJet) technology so that it can use recycled minerals (marble, stone, sand) or waste from other processes in a Circular Economy path, and uses proprietary inorganic binders (two patents).
Machines and systems are designed and built by internal engineers team based on the customer's needs, the specific performance required by the sector and/or the configuration of the production environment in which the machines will have to operate.

Company's core business is the sale of 3D printers and systems. Implemented on an open platform, the company creates customized machines and systems, with individual modular components, equipping them with characteristics and performances that make them suitable for producing in specific sectors in which the company has already operated directly and/or in collaboration with Universities and Research Centers: R&D of materials and binders, coastal protection, architecture/urban furniture.
Aimed at demonstrating the production potential of its technologies they also offers 3D printing services, mainly used by Researchers, Engineers and Creatives for materials and binders development and for the production of prototypes, objects, furnitures and medium/large scale artworks in stone and marble.

The Italian company is looking for:
Financial partnerships and Investors to develop further new market applications.
Companies and organisations interested to adopt, adapt and use such technology through a commercial agreement with technical assistance.
Companies and researchers interested in technical cooperation in order to further develop the technology or to integrate it with other materials, advance manufacturing and IT technologies also through EU public funding schemes.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
The Additive Manufacturing (AM) has overcome, for some years now, the "novelty" stage by demonstrating the effectiveness and efficiency of the production process. Then it has penetrated various product sectors, mainly used for the production of prototypes. Technological and process developments have stimulated and continuosly stimulates researchers towards an innovative use of materials to be 3D printed and towards constant innovation in new materials, binders and production processes. This push and facilitate the transition from "traditional" production models to new disruptive paradigms promoted and indicated by digital technologies: AI, VR, IOT, Industry 4.0, Smart Factory, Mass customization, etc. In this context, production with AM machines and technologies is indispensable. In large-scale productions, particularly those that use minerals (ceramic materials sector), the adoption of 3D printers is still strongly anchored to extrusion systems which, not only for materials that can be used, limits the advantages offered by Additive Manufacturing technology. The company has developed and introduced on the market a "powder bed" system for minerals, easy to use, with a high level of customization possible and at low costs that allows further development and penetration of merceological sectors both with high added value and traditional with high economic contribution. The company works on a revolutionary idea that will allow it to innovate, with proprietary technologies and systems, the residential construction sector, redesigning the production process and offering numerous advantages in terms of aesthetics, performance, and environment.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
Companies, investors and researchers working in building, environmental construction, furniture and artistic works sectors are sought for the following collaborations: Investors to develop further new market applications. Companies and organisations interested to adopt, adapt and use such a technology through a commercial agreement with technical assistance. Companies and researchers interested in technical cooperation in order to further develop the technology or to integrate it with other material, advance manufacturing and IT technologies also through EU public funding schemes.

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Large scale 3D Printer

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some 3D printed examples

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3D printed stones

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3D printed stone example

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with special surface treatment