Frequently Asked Questions
Michelin first started research and development for PBF and tire sipes in 2000. When they found that the metal AM machines on the market did not meet their high-quality requirements for tire sipe production, they partnered with Fives to create a machine that met these requirements. The first prototype Powder Bed Fusion machine was completed in 2007. In 2016 the two companies created the joint venture; Michelin Fives’ Additive Solutions was born. Two years later, in 2017, the company was renamed to AddUp. Since its creation, AddUp has developed a unique competence in metal additive manufacturing globally.
AddUp is a global supplier of metal additive manufacturing machines and solutions.
We offer multi-technology production systems:
- FormUp®: robust and open architecture L-PBF (Laser-Powder Bed Fusion) machines
- Modulo and Magic: industrial DED (Directed Energy Deposition) machines
Since 2019, the President of AddUp is Frank Moreau, supported by Julien Marcilly, Deputy CEO.
The terms additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing are umbrella terms commonly used interchangeably to cover a set of processes that produce a 3D object by adding material layer by layer from a CAD model or digital file. Materials for 3D printing/additive manufacturing can range from polymer to metal, ceramic, concrete, and more.
Additive manufacturing is a retronym of subtractive manufacturing/machining.
Laser Power Bed Fusion (L-PBF) is a metal Additive Manufacturing process that allows the production of high-precision parts with very high mechanical properties. Metal parts are manufactured from a digital file, made by superimposing horizontal layers of metal powder on a plate with a spreading device (roller, scraper, or brush). A laser then solidifies the powder where directed. The platform drops down, and a new layer of powder is spread on the platform, building the part in sequence of spreading and fusion cycles until completion.
Directed Energy Deposition (DED) is an Additive Manufacturing process in which focused thermal energy is used to fuse materials by melting them as they are deposited. Metal parts are manufactured from a digital file. The process creates a melt pool on a substrate with the help of an energy source (laser beam, plasma, or electric arc). The melt pool is fed with a filler material, dispensing powder, or metallic wire. The material is delivered through a deposition nozzle and crosses the energy beam to reach the required melting temperature. AddUp’s DED machines utilize ISO G-code and CNC controls for continuous 5 axes of freedom.
AddUp offers two PBF machines:
FormUp® 350 New Generation: modular and scalable, which allows reaching a high level of productivity while ensuring the safety of its users.
Learn more here: https://addupsolutions.com/machines/pbf/formup-350/
FormUp® 350 Evolution: our extended Z height machine, will be available at the end of 2023. Based on the standards that made the first version successful, this machine offers a higher manufacturing height for a total of 1000 mm.
Learn more here: https://addupsolutions.com/formup-350-evolution/
AddUp offers two DED machine lines:
Modulo 400: our Modulo machines are designed for industrial production and are equipped with nozzles designed and developed in-house to offer maximum precision and high productivity.
Learn more here: https://addupsolutions.com/fr/machines/ded/modulo-400/
Magic 800: With its powerful 2 kW laser, its two heads, and a working height of 1200 mm, the Magic 800 can meet the most demanding applications.
Learn more here: https://addupsolutions.com/fr/machines/ded/magic-800/
AddUp offers industrial solutions adapted to each need. Please contact our experts to discuss options that best fit your specific industrial requirements.
The medical sector is one of the first to use this technology. But many other sectors are also users, such as aerospace and aeronautics. Then come the tooling, automotive, energy, and even the luxury sector.
Learn more about what different industries are doing using metal additive manufacturing here: https://addupsolutions.com/industry/
What is the largest AddUp PBF machine?
It is the FormUp 350 Evolution. Based on the current generation machine and its 4 lasers, this new version offers a higher manufacturing height, up to 1000 mm, and thanks to this 185% increase in volume, it can meet the growing demand of many customers in the space and aeronautics industries. It also features a pull-out production chamber for quick changeover, minimizing waiting time by reloading a blank plate for the next print. Another key advantage is that the de-soldering operation can be performed outside the machine.
There are many advantages to additive over traditional methods. Some of the most auspicious advantages are the creation of lightweight, more efficient parts with complex geometries and a reduction of supply time. The principle of manufacturing from thin layers of metal (~50µm thick) offers considerable design freedom. This allows designers to imagine more complex parts that would be expensive to assemble in a single operation. Moreover, this technology is compatible with a very wide variety of materials (steel, titanium alloys, aluminum, superalloys, precious metals, etc.). The level of mastery of fusion that is achieved today by AddUp’s machines allows us to obtain parts with very high mechanical characteristics.
There are many metals that we can use for 3D printing. From Titanium to Aluminum, through Inconel, stainless steel, copper, and more. Each has its characteristics and industrial advantages.
Discover our tested materials here to determine the metal that best suits your application: