MT Aerospace renews its confidence in the AddUp group with the acquisition of a second DED machine Modulo 400, to multiply projects while reducing industrialization times, and to move more rapidly towards using this technology for series production.

Major supplier to the space and aeronautics industry, the German company MT Aerospace renews its confidence in the AddUp group and announces the acquisition of a second machine Modulo 400. These two Directed Energy Deposition (DED) machines will enable MT Aerospace to multiply projects while reducing industrialization times, to move more rapidly towards using this technology for series production.

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Based in Augsburg, Germany, MT Aerospace is the European leader in the field of fluid storage for the aerospace industry. This subsidiary of the OHB Group designs and manufactures fuel tanks for satellites and space launchers, including the Ariane 5 program. It is also the main supplier of drinking water and wastewater storage systems for Airbus group aircraft. Specialized in metal and composite processing, MT Aerospace also has expertise in metal 3D printing, in particular in DED (Directed Energy Deposition) technology thanks to its Modulo 400 machine supplied by AddUp in 2020.

AddUp, a French-based joint venture created by Michelin and Fives, is a global metal additive manufacturing OEM offering a range of Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) and Directed Energy Deposition (DED) machines.  AddUp has worked closely with MT Aerospace experts for the past two years to qualify applications using the DED process. The Modulo 400 machine, which sprays metal powders through a high-powered laser beam, has proven its ability to create parts with fine surface finishes and high mechanical characteristics. MT Aerospace has already tested it on a wide variety of materials, even reactive materials such as Titanium, thanks to the high level of safety of the machine.

In just two years, the German company is preparing to build a complete industrial platform around DED technology, with design skills and production, post-processing, and part inspection capabilities. All these activities will be compatible with the requirements of the EN 9100 standard applicable to the aerospace sector later on.

To accelerate the development and industrialization of projects

The Modulo 400, an AddUp DED machine

Today, MT Aerospace wishes to take a new step in mastering the DED process and announces the integration of a second machine Modulo 400. The aerospace equipment manufacturer will be able to take advantage of this doubled production capacity to work simultaneously in several directions. First, the acceleration of qualification phases for satellites fuel tanks in collaboration with the European Space Agency, as well as the development of new applications for satellites and micro-launchers. Secondly, this second machine will be an opportunity to expand the services and thus address other sectors, such as the automotive or energy industries.

MT Aerospace has already succeeded in convincing numerous principals of interest in the DED process and is now counting on this new AddUp machine to accompany the increase in production volumes expected in the coming years. AddUp is proudly supporting this growth by offering its customers from Germany and beyond to fully benefit from the expertise of MT Aerospace to embrace the DED process.

AddUp and MT Aerospace will present parts made through their partnership at the upcoming Formnext – Where Ideas Take Shape trade show, held in Frankfurt (Germany) from November 15 to 18.Visit the AddUp booth (Hall 12.0, booth E01) to discover the potential of the technology for the aerospace industry.

Finally, MT Aerospace and AddUp intend to further extend their collaboration in 2023.

About MT Aerospace

Satellite tank made from Titanium

MT Aerospace AG, a subsidiary of the space and technology group OHB SE, is a technology company with around 600 employees at its sites in Augsburg, Bremen, Klatovy, Czech Republic, and Kourou, French Guiana. MT Aerospace is a technology leader in lightweight structures using metal and composite materials. The company develops and produces key components and systems for the European ARIANE launch vehicle, satellites, and the Airbus aircraft fleet. With an order volume of ten percent, MT Aerospace is the largest supplier for the ARIANE program outside France. With its many years of expertise in hydrogen technology, MT Aerospace is paving the way for sustainable and resource-efficient mobility applications in the aerospace and other sectors, such as maritime and transportation. More than 50 years of experience in lightweight construction and component optimization are used at MT Aerospace to create new components from the first prototype to small series using additive manufacturing (AM). Technologies such as laser beam melting (PBF) or laser buildup welding (DED) are used and offered as a service across all industries.

To learn more, visit www.mt-aerospace.de