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CRP Technology celebrates 25 years of professional use of Laser Sintering

07-30-2021 01:44 PM CET | Science & Education

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The plurality may have only discovered Additive Manufacturing in the last decade, but CRP Technology has been familiar with its inner connections since 1996. At that time Roberto Cevolini (owner of Roberto Cevolini & Co. high precision CNC machining avantgarde service with roots in the high end automotive/racing world) decided to analyse the 3D printing processes with a clear idea in mind: be able to resolve in advance customers’ issues and offering them never-seen-before technological solutions.

So, Roberto Cevolini and his son Franco invested in a sinterstation for Selective Laser Sintering; at the time no one company in Italy had one, they were the first. In order to make their engineering contribution stronger, they founded CRP Technology, a subsidiary of Roberto Cevolini & C.
CRP Technology included a R&D department for material development.

Franco Cevolini, VP and CTO at CRP Technology, states: “Purchasing an industrial 3D printer wasn’t enough for us, we wanted to make a major and stronger contribution: we decided to create a family of 3D printing materials suitable to manufacture high performing parts and applications, which could meet the needs of our F1 customers.”
At the end of ‘90s it become evident that Selective Laser Sintering was an excellent technology with limitations imposed by “process-able” materials limited in scope to use for traditional non-functional prototyping. CRP Technology’s vocation for bold technological innovations developed something out of the ordinary: the Windform® range of composite materials for professional 3D printing.

In 1999 Windform®, the name born out of its primary purpose as a wind-tunnel material, represented the first hybrid polymer-metal composite (filled with Aluminium) to be used for functional prototyping. It proved excellent to satisfy almost all needs for wind-tunnel modelling and allowed aerodynamicists to have a new powerful tool available in order to make functional, fluid-aerodynamic, fitting and assembling tests. Moreover it proved excellent for direct “in-the racing-car” applications.
With Windform® officially born and launched, the way to transforming rapid prototyping into rapid manufacturing was paved.

Important progress has been made in the sector of additive technologies with the development of Windform® materials, such as outgas tests for use in space, patch testing for the medical sector, fashion and design and testing of non-conductivity, expanding the use of these in all areas in which a highly durable material is required, offering the opportunity of being processed with high precision CNC machining.
So far the Windform® family of comprises 12 materials distributed in two lines, adequate to fulfill the needs of the most advanced and demanding sectors, including aerospace and defense, avio, robotics, medical, motorsports and automotive.

Veronica Negrelli
Press Office Manager CRP Technology
via Cesare Della Chiesa, 140/C
41126 Modena
ITALY

CRP Technology (Modena, Italy) develops, manufactures and sells to OEMs its proprietary high performance composite materials Windform® for professional 3D Printing. It is also distinguished by its know-how in Powder Bed Fusion process. It offers part production for short- and low-run production, and prototyping services with Windform®. Its specific application fields including but are not limited to: automotive and motorsports, design, aerospace, UAVs, marine, entertainment, defense, and packaging.

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