French 3D printer manufacturer Prodways has scored its first success since being bought by the Groupe Gorgé in May.

Prodways sold a D35 Producer dedicated to biomedical applications. The 3D printer will replace 10 of the customer's older 3D printers and is expected to create several thousand pieces per year.

The D35 Producer runs between $412,000 and $550,000.

The purchase of Prodways is Gorgé's first foray into the 3D printing arena. The company is shooting to become a major player in a global market dominated by a handful giants like Stratasys, 3D Systems, Arcam and ExOne.

"Gorgé Group is an international industrial group with the bulk of its 1,200 employees being engineers and technicians," Gorge CEO Raphaël Gorgé said. "The products we offer our clients are on the leading edge of technology, in sectors as demanding as aeronautics, defense and nuclear. Our expertise ranges through design, manufacturing, implementation and maintenance, and in such an environment, Prodways will always have the necessary assets and resources for its growth."

According to a Bloomberg report, Gorgé bought 88 percent of the company called Phidias Technologies at the time in a deal reported to be worth $6.5 million.

Phidias has been renamed Prodways since the buyout.

"From its very first days, the Gorgé Group has always positioned itself in the most promising industrial fields, and already has a successful track record in robotics, unmanned vehicles and nuclear protection," Gorgé said.

To help make that happen, Prodways employs Andre-Luc Allanic, a one-time principal scientist at 3D Systems.

"André-Luc Allanic manufactured a truly revolutionary technology, and the Group's experience and know-how will turn it into a great industrial success," Gorgé said. "Our association with André-Luc led to the creation of Prodways, a company commercializing complete 3D production solutions, from 3D printers to their operating materials."