Kif Parechoc, a company specialized in micromechanics for the watchmaking sector of the Acrotec group and a specialist in precision components for the watchmaking industry has signed a partnership agreement with AddUp. The companies will share their know-how in microtechnology and watchmaking applications to develop together innovative part designs and the realization of new mechanical functions. From the precision of the design and printing of the parts to the meticulousness of the finishing and control, this partnership will meet the highest requirements of the customers.
The first project resulting from this collaboration is a watch clasp. “For this project, we started with a classic product but integrated new aspects, such as lattice structures, organic shapes, or indented markings,” explains Yoann Canon, industrial director of Kif Parechoc. “We are now working on the development of new post-treatment processes, adapted to the requirements of our industry and our production volumes. At each stage of this project, we see the value of the collaboration with AddUp, and the complementarity between their mastery of the printing process and our knowledge of the products, their industrialization, and the finishing operations.”
The watch clasp is made of low-carbon 316L stainless steel. This material, commonly used in the watch industry, is known for its good mechanical properties as well as its high resistance to corrosion, both of which are essential in the making of a watch. From an aesthetic point of view, 316L steel does not lose its shine or tarnish over time, and it has the added advantage of being fully recyclable.
Moreover, if Kif Parechoc has partnered with AddUp, it is also because the French specialist in metal additive manufacturing has developed the new generation FormUp 350™, a machine capable of using metal powders of fine granulometry. These fine powders make it possible to produce complex parts without supports (these structures that hold the parts during printing, but which must be machined after manufacture) and to obtain precise parts, with less rough surfaces than with most machines on the market.
Luxury has been one of the sectors hardest hit by the health crisis of 2020. The luxury industry will have to innovate and reshape itself to return to growth. And for this, it can count on metal additive manufacturing.