GPAINNOVA, one of the leading technology platforms specializing in surface finishing solutions for metal parts, received today the TCT Award in the Post-Processing Category with its new DLyte eBlast, the first electro-blasting system based on projected electropolishing. The company’s CEO and co-founder, Pau Sarsanedas, and his father and DLyte eBlast’s inventor, Marc Sarsanedas, picked up the trophy.
The aim of the contest is to showcase world-leading projects, as well as recognizing the most influential and impactful members of the AM industry. The competition encompassed 11 categories from project-based application awards to innovations in hardware, materials, software and post-processing.
GPAINNOVA’s project: the first electro-blasting solution
GPAINNOVA got the nomination with one of its latest developments: DLyte eBlast. Released in November 2021, it consists in an electro-blasting system based on projected electropolishing.
It has been especially created for surface finishing of large, heavy metal parts, or with complex geometries which are difficult to polish by immersion or require a localized finishing, such as welded areas. It is suitable for blind holes, slots, occluded areas and inner channels. eBlast can be used in three ways: manually, for low-volume, high-variety production, and for finishing small areas of the parts; semi-automatically, for pieces with low geometric complexity that can be treated with repetitive, simple movements, and in an automatic mode, thanks to a collaborative robot (cobot).
The second GPAINNOVA’s TCT Post-Processing Award
This was not the first time that GPAINNOVA takes home the TCT Post-Processing Award. In fact, in September 2018, the business group was awarded this distinction thanks to its dry electrolyte process (DryLyte), patented the year before. Unlike traditional electropolishing methods, DryLyte does not use liquid as the electrolyte, but ion transport via free solid bodies that enable the removal of material from only the peaks of roughness, without changing the part’s shape, tolerances or leaving micro-scratches on the surface.
On the other hand, GPAINNOVA’s DLyte eBlast was also shortlisted as a finalist in the Innovative Trophy 2022 of the 3D Print Lyon Exhibition 2022.
About the TCT Awards
This annual event, held in Birmingham (United Kingdom), brought together industry leaders to celebrate the innovators, technologies and collaborators behind some outstanding examples of additive manufacturing (AM), 3D printing, design and engineering from the whole world.
The aim of the contest is to showcase world-leading projects, as well as recognizing the most influential and impactful members of the AM industry. The competition encompassed 11 categories from project-based application awards to innovations in hardware, materials, software and post-processing. Specifically, GPAINNOVA was shortlisted in the category of TCT Post-Processing Award together with four more organizations: Addiblast, Reinforce3D, RENA and Solukon.
GPAINNOVA is a technology group born in 2013 in Barcelona, with subsidiaries in Sunrise (Florida, USA), Hong Kong and Shenzhen (Mainland China) and specializing in surface metal finishing machinery, with DLyte and MURUA; medical devices with GPAMEDICAL, naval robotics with GPASEABOTS and high-performance power electronics with POWER INNOTECH. GPAINNOVA has a team of more than 200 professionals on staff and more than 40 engineers, 55 distributors, more than 600 worldwide clients, allowing for a turnover of €23.2 million in 2021 (47% more than the previous year). GPAINNOVA was selected by Financial Times among the 1,000 Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies in 2020, 2021 and 2022. It is algo among the 4 Europe’s fastest-growing companies in the industrial goods sector, being the first one in Spain.