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Treddy, on a path to success in the Additive Valley

From the early days of Rimas distribution to one of the most ambitious projects in scaling the adoption of 3D printing

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Starting from the very beginning, Treddy finds its roots in Rimas, a company that began as a small family business in 2013, with the three founders working in a tiny office: Mattia Mucci (who later became Treddy’s founder), his father, and his brother Raffaele. A significant early milestone for Rimas was securing the dealership for DWS stereolithography 3D printers for the Abruzzo and Marche regions, which marked a crucial success.

The company grew steadily from that point. Their proactive customer support set them apart, offering technical assistance on 3D printers when manufacturers did not, earning the trust of clients and DWS itself. As operations expanded across Italy, Mattia’s brother Raffaele took on a significant role, managing growth and bringing in new brands like Markforged and HP.

Rimas specializes in 360-degree additive manufacturing solutions, including software, machinery, and post-processing equipment. Today the company is known for its top-tier products, which include brands like HP, Markforged, Caracol and DWS. When approaching new companies, their name is now easily recognized, reflecting their success. They have built a strong network and an impressive installed base of nearly a thousand machines.

With growth came new challenges. While their proactive service earned many clients, it also meant mediating between them, which could lead to complications. This realization led to the launch of a new project, Treddy, to maintain control and focus on delivering top-tier AM services. This fourth edition of the Additive Days – which VoxelMatters co-sponsored – allowed us to see in person and up close how far Treddy has come.

From Rimas to Treddy and beyond

By late 2019, Treddy secured a facility previously used for storing construction materials. Despite the onset of COVID-19, production began in September 2020. Starting small, they quickly expanded. Today, Treddy employs around thirty people, while Rimas has about twenty internal staff alongside a commercial network. One of Treddy’s core strategies is leveraging its reputation and expertise to offer comprehensive consulting.

“Today we can sit down with any of our customers and offer them any of our technologies for internal use or, if they prefer, we can offer them to access parts via our external 3D printing services, or a combination of the two,” says Mattia when we meet at the Treddy facility during the Additive Days open house event. “We can offer many different technologies and services to meet their specific requirements. We can understand and meet their needs rather than push our products on them. Our commercial team works side by side with the client as consultants to help them identify applications where it will truly make sense to implement AM, in many different forms and technologies.”

Treddy, on a path to success in the Additive Valley from the early days of Rimas to one of the most ambitious projects in 3D printing
The large HP room hosts several 5000-class 3D printers and multiple workflow stations for improved automation.

What’s even more impressive is that Treddy’s growth has been organic, without external investors or bank loans. It has been powered by reinvesting profits and making strategic decisions. Both Rimas and Treddy are family-owned, which has played a critical role in their sustained success.

During the open house, I got a full tour of the facility which now hosts multiple HP 5000 series systems in a dedicated room completed with all the HP workflow stations for full automation. These machines – Mattia assures me – are running almost all the time and in fact most of them are in operation during our visit. They look like workhorses and the next room, where all the post-processing occurs (including a proprietary dying system for black parts), is full of bags and boxes filled with serially produced parts.

The facility also hosts two large DWS machines for stereolithography processes and three Markforged machines – including the powerful Markforged FX20 – however, the business that holds the highest potential now for Treddy is large format additive manufacturing (LFAM) targeting the maritime and marine segments in particular. That’s why the company just added a new large format HERON robotic 3D printing system from Caracol, bringing the total to two, and is conducting a lot of research both on material recycling and on developing certifications for large format polymer AM parts and processes. This is something that has not been done in the maritime industry yet and is limiting adoption. And that’s one of the reasons why the Additive Valley was created.

Treddy, on a path to success in the Additive Valley from the early days of Rimas to one of the most ambitious projects in 3D printing
Another room hosts two large DWS systems and multiple Markforged systems, including the largest FX20 3D printer.

Two days in the Additive Valley

Looking ahead, Treddy aims to expand the Additive Valley concept, inviting other serious players in the 3D printing industry to collaborate. This initiative will allow them to create custom solutions for high-stakes projects, such as specialized tooling for the oil and gas sector or unique parts for aerospace applications.

They envision Additive Valley as an incubator for cutting-edge technology where the best minds in 3D printing come together. The goal is to push the boundaries of what’s possible and offer unparalleled solutions to clients, setting new benchmarks in the industry.

“It’s easy to start with 3D printing for prototyping but when it comes to using additive manufacturing for production we need to have standards and certifications that just don’t exist yet,” Mattia explains. “That’s what we want to do here at the Additive Valley: we want to create a laboratory for certifications so that many of the most important AM companies and certification organizations can talk to each other while looking at real parts, materials and processes.

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The Treddy and Rimas team with Mattia Mucci on the left-hand side, his brother Raffaele Mucci, CEO of Rimas Engineering in the center, and Marco Luciani, Treddy’s Co-founder on the right. Above are a few sample parts on display from various technologies. The objects in the first, second, and fifth images were printed with a Caracol LFAM system. The white part in the second image is a hard top for a yacht. In the third image a few sample MJF parts and in the fourth image a few sample casting trrees for jewelry manufacturing, made with DWS hardware and software.

The fourth edition of Additive Days, which took place at the Treddy facility on July 4-5, in the industrial area of Pescara, Italy, set the stage for the future of the Additive Valley by exploring the frontiers of industrial 3D printing and its revolutionary impact on various sectors and providing a unique opportunity to discover the latest cutting-edge technologies and materials available from Treddy.

The exploration of industrial 3D printing’s potential, new additive materials, and the combination of both to create complex and customized objects in an eco-sustainable way, is at the heart of Additive Days 2024. Participating companies had the opportunity to discover the latest technologies and innovative materials that are shaping the future of additive manufacturing through presentations from companies such as HP 3D Printing, one of the most significant players in the world of 3D printing, and the event’s main sponsor; Caracol AM, a leading large format additive manufacturing (LFAM) company based in Milan; Markforged, the American company known for its Digital Forge and continuous fiber 3D printing capabilities; DWS Systems, the Italian leader in high-end SLA technology; AM Solutions, a company offering industrial post-processing solutions; and Guzman Polymers, an importer and distributor of raw materials, polymers, and plastics for industries like 3D printing, representing top brands like Sabic and Radici.

Treddy, on a path to success in the Additive Valley from the early days of Rimas to one of the most ambitious projects in 3D printing
Treddy just installed its second LFAM system from Caracol to conduct extensive research on large maritime parts and material recycling – as well as several other projects.

One of the most interesting elements to see during the open house was provided by high-profile Treddy customers such as DMZ Engineering. The team has been working on high-end custom automotive production parts using MJF technology (and is now eyeing metal printing as well). Among the parts on display at their stand, DMZ’s Andrea Mucci showed me a 500 Abarth Intake Manifold made with MJF 3D Printing in PA12.

This is the initial result of studies in 3D printing applied to the racing world that culminated in the production of an intake manifold for the 1.4-liter T-Jet engine, printed by Treddy using MJF technology. This end-use production part revolutionizes the market for these components as the first worldwide application of a structural engine component of a car made using MJF 3D printing technology.

The collaboration with HP and Treddy continued with the development of other racing applications such as the Intercooler with Turning Vane Technology. The creation of the inlet and outlet tanks using MJF 3D printing made it possible to insert a series of flow deflectors inside them, which, starting from the inlet section, reach the interface section with the radiator mass, optimizing the distribution of the airflow over the entire heat exchange surface.

Other just as impressive parts included the Variable Geometry Intake Cones developed in collaboration with Gabro Racing for the Aprilia RS 660. The variation in the length of the intake cones, printed with MJF technology, is achieved through an electromagnetic actuator controlled by the engine control unit. The system significantly improves the torque and power delivered by the engine across the entire operating range.

The event was not limited to simply presenting the technical aspects of 3D printing but also hosted exceptional testimonials including iconic figures in the world of motorcycling, such as former World Champion Loris Capirossi, Danilo Petrucci and Niccolò Antonelli, who shared their experience in the racing sector – where 3D printing is playing an increasingly important role.

In addition, the program was enriched by an artistic performance by Erica Abelardo, creating sand art, live, using additive materials from Treddy, on Friday evening, as well as insights from sports and fashion influencer Valentina Vignali. The stage is set for another two days in the Additive Valley in 2025.

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