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EFESTO LLC is a rapidly growing enterprise committed to engineering an industrial revolution in the field of 3D printing of metals and metal composites. Formed under Vania Services LLC, which specializes in delivering additive manufacturing solutions to the global marketplace, the primary technology currently being implemented at EFESTO is 3D metal printing with Laser Metal Deposition (LMD).

Clare Goldsberry

June 17, 2014

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EFESTO and RPM Innovations announce global strategic partnership in metal 3D printing

EFESTO LLC is a rapidly growing enterprise committed to engineering an industrial revolution in the field of 3D printing of metals and metal composites. Formed under Vania Services LLC, which specializes in delivering additive manufacturing solutions to the global marketplace, the primary technology currently being implemented at EFESTO is 3D metal printing with Laser Metal Deposition (LMD).

At RAPID 2014, EFESTO and RPM Innovations (RPMI), both rapidly growing enterprises specializing in metal 3D printing technology and applications, announced a long term global strategic partnership to offer a comprehensive range of professional grade, industrially hardened, and production proven LMD equipment and services. Focus applications include repair, free-form builds of medium/large functional prototypes, hybrid manufacturing and R&D.

Robert Mudge, CEO of RPI Innovations and RPM & Associates, explained that RPMI originally purchased its first LMD machine from an outside manufacturer in 2004. "By 2007 we realized this system was not large enough or robust enough for our growing operations," Mudge said. "We began investigating existing laser system integrators that could build us a larger premium system so we could meet our customer needs."

However, the company was unable to find a suitable solution, so decided to build its own laser deposition system (RPMI557) with a build envelope of 5'x 5' x 7', which was commissioned in 2009. "To date, we have added a total of three additional RPMI 557 systems as we continue to serve our customers in the defense, aerospace, energy, mining and heavy industries. Typically, we deposit more than 15,000 pounds of titanium, stainless steel, cobalt and nickel-based super alloys annually, and are experiencing exceptional growth in our core LMD services business."

efesto_557_lateral-650.jpgEFESTO's mission is to exponentially increase the awareness and acceptance of 3D metal printing technology by delivering "compelling value and unparalleled customer satisfaction as it serves its users with robust, reliable and best-in-class solutions that meet and exceed any viable application requirement," said the company. Target markets include aerospace, defense, oil and gas, marine, tooling/die and mold, mining and construction.

Ashok Varma, CEO of EFESTO, explained the two companies' relationship beginnings. "We met hundreds of potential and existing industrial users, and identified a large global opportunity to satisfy a glaring unmet need - the significant gap between demand and availability of truly industrial grade LMD systems and the practical experience required to ensure good results and economic viability. Most currently installed systems are in laboratories or light industrial applications, many idle or under-utilized, with few suppliers and users having the practical experience to optimally utilize this technology and reduce 'time to value'," said Varma. "Metal 3D printing grew 75% in 2013 over 2012, twice the growth of overall 3D printing. We believe this trend will accelerate, further expanding the gap between supply and demand. Together with PRMI, we bring a holistic set of solutions, experience, and capability to the global industrial marketplace."

EFESTO and RPMI have partnered to commercialize RPMI's 557 system for third-party use, as well as a full range of smaller systems to address less demanding requirements. All systems retain the core design principles of the industrially hardened 557 platform. The two companies will continue to serve their existing respective markets and customers, and jointly provide application expertise and customer support worldwide.

The EFESTO team operates in North, South and Central America, East and Western Europe, and Asia. EFESTO has an innovative and aggressive strategy for organic and acquisitive growth, establishing several full service locations and strategic partnerships around the globe, according to the company's information. It is incorporated near Ann Arbor, MI, with Vania Services LLC as its majority shareholder. Plants to build a state-of-the-art R&D center and live demonstration show room in Michigan are under way.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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