AddUp and Dassault Systems have partnered to offer digital continuity and interoperability to the aerospace and additive manufacturing (AM) community.

Interoperability is a strong expectation for industrials who plan on taking Additive Manufacturing (AM) to a daily large-scale level. It connects not only a single machine to a global industrial environment, but also offers digital continuity and simplification for upstream production processes. In other words, it’s the key to efficiency, of which the Aeroprint project will be the first beneficiary.

Synergy Generation

AddUp is pleased to announce they have joined the Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform ecosystem. AddUp is a global metal additive manufacturing OEM offering a series of industrial 3D metal printers utilizing both Powder Bed Fusion and Directed Energy Deposition technologies..

With the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, Dassault Systèmes offers a dedicated set of applications for AM—from new material characterization, adapted design and build job preparation and simulation to shopfloor scheduling and execution monitoring. By working on a single platform, users can ensure digital continuity across the entire lifecycle of parts to produce.

The Virtual Twin of the FormUp 350, created by AddUp, using AddUp NTwin, a solution dedicated to FormUp interoperability, enables 3DEXPERIENCE platform users to seamlessly produce a job file, retrieve additional build information and run simulations. This Virtual Twin is available to 3DEXPERIENCE platform users in the AddUp community hosted by Dassault Systèmes.

“Dassault Systèmes and AddUp have developed a virtual twin of the FormUp 350 machine in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform which enables the production file to be created interactively. Thanks to this virtual twin, Dassault Aviation is able to ensure digital continuity from design to manufacturing of the part in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform“ says Sylvain Belz, 3D Metal Printing Manager for Dassault Aviation.

Leaving the standard asynchronous workflow and its CAD to STL conversion, this synergy provides better traceability and flexibility over time. Users can access powerful 3DEXPERIENCE platform features and applications, while creating strategies and generating trajectories in the blink of an eye using the AddUp Trajectory Generator. For perfect process mastery, trajectories are displayed directly in the DELMIA application, before being sent to SIMULIA applications for process simulation.

Serving Industry

At the heart of this collaboration is Aeroprint, an ambitious R&D project driven by Dassault Aviation and located in the French region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. One of the expected deliverables is the establishment of a certified AM pilot line for aeronautics, an industry particularly sensitive to the benefits of this technology. Dedicated to accelerating the adoption of AM by the aeronautics industry, an industrial platform at the Argonay site is being set up. With such ambitions, only perfectly integrated digital solutions can be considered. And this is where AddUp and Dassault Systèmes’ work takes on its full meaning.

The solution is available right now and users can download it from the AddUp community, where they can also find information and use cases as well as ask AddUp and Dassault Systèmes members questions.