MT Aerospace and AddUp have been strong partners 2020, working to industrialize metal AM in Europe.
Now, with the addition of two FormUp 350 PBF machines, loaded with titanium and aluminum powder, MT Aerospace further extends the range of services it can offer to industrial customers especially in the aerospace, space, defense, automotive and energy sector. These two PBF machines join the two Modulo 400 DED machines already operated by MT Aerospace for development and qualification of satellite fuel tanks, in collaboration with the European Space Agency.
“MT Aerospace’s FormUp 350 machines have proved their ability to produce highly complex parts, for example heat exchangers, with an unrivalled surface finish. This is made possible not only by using a roller coating system, but also by the precise positioning of every laser on the entire FormUp 350 platform” explains Markus Axtner, SVP Additive Manufacturing Program Management.
The combination of minimal amount of substrate, reduced post-printing work and a build rate 15% higher than other machines result in improved lead time and reduced overall part costs for MT Aerospace’s customers.
The AddUp systems are fully integrated in MT Aerospace’s offering, which covers the entire development and production chain.
Frédéric Le Moullec, AddUp Sales Director, explains: “Having our machines installed in the industrial setting of MT Aerospace in Augsburg (Bavaria) makes our technologies accessible to European manufacturers in a lot of different industries. MT Aerospace’s cutting-edge expertise in the design, manufacturing and certification of high-tech components is highly complementary to that of AddUp, and enables us to develop optimized additive manufacturing solutions for our customers together.”
Further to these machine acquisitions, MT Aerospace and AddUp are engaged in a strong partnership to support industrial customers in their Additive Manufacturing journey by combining both their expertise: AddUp’s legacy, inherited from Michelin and Fives, to make industrial AM machines and track record of developing parts such as implants, Formula 1 engine components, satellite antennas and aircraft flight equipment, and MT Aerospace’s of manufacturing Ariane rocket parts.
These machines and this partnership with AddUp will play a key role in MT Aerospace’s growth plan.
“As an End-to-End AM Contract Manufacturer for high-quality products, we rely on a high performance machine park. The two FormUp 350 systems are well suited to further strengthen this machine park. This gives us the possibility to grow further with our customers in various industries – from space and aerospace, to defence, automotive and energy – and offer them final, high-quality products in serial production” explains Thomas Weitlaner, SVP Additive Manufacturing Sales.
AddUp will present some of the key applications developed and manufactured by its customer MT Aerospace at the Formnext exhibition in Frankfurt on November 7-10, 2023.
On the AddUp booth (Hall 11.0 – Stand E43), visitors will discover a heat exchanger and a satellite nozzle produced with a high level of fine features resolution using FormUp 350. A DED-PBF hybrid satellite tank component will be on display at the Siemens booth (Hall 12.1, Stand D119).
About MT Aerospace
MT Aerospace is a leading international aerospace company. More than 500 employees develop, manufacture and test components for institutional and commercial launch vehicle programs, for aircraft, satellites and for applications in the automotive and defense industries. Thanks to manufacturing technologies that are unique worldwide, MT Aerospace creates high-performance products that combine maximum performance and minimum weight. With many years of expertise in the fields of additive manufacturing, metalworking, CFRP and hydrogen technology, MT Aerospace is ideally placed to implement sustainable solutions for the future. www.mt-aerospace.de
AddUp, a joint venture created by Michelin and Fives, is a global metal additive manufacturing OEM offering multi-technology production systems, including the FormUp® range of robust and open-architecture Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) machines, as well as the BeAM Modulo and Magic lines of industrial Directed Energy Deposition (DED) machines.
AddUp’s FormUp 350 PBF range is modular and scalable to provide the highest productivity while ensuring user safety. The DED machines are designed for industrial production and equipped with in-house designed and developed nozzles to provide maximum precision and very high productivity. To provide customers with a true Industry 4.0 solution, AddUp also provides a complete monitoring solution providing quality assurances after each and every build.
AddUp is headquartered in Cébazat, France, with a North American subsidiary based out of Cincinnati, Ohio and a German subsidiary based in Aachen, Germany. In addition to the machine design and manufacturing, the AddUp group also offers part production, POC production, metal AM consulting services, AM training, and design for AM, making AddUp your one-stop for metal AM.