FormUp™ machines

The FormUp™ range of machines for direct metal multi-laser melting, offer reliability and productivity.

Reliable and robust

  • AddUp machines can produce 24/7, with OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) that meets industrial companies’ toughest expectations.

Precision and quality of the parts produced

  • Currently unrivaled surface quality, material integrity and internal stress levels
  • Possibility of manufacturing surfaces with very low angles relative to the unsupported horizontal

Mastery and control of the additive manufacturing process

Michelin’s experience in industrial production and the use of the “PMPM” (Powder, Machine, Part, Method) quality planning process, in which all parameters are fully controlled, guarantee that the parts produced are high-quality and ensure repeatability under the qualification conditions required for all types of certification.

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  • Powder : Referential and control of the conditions in which the powder is prepared and used for continuous industrial production with guaranteed traceability of the material flow (incoming/outgoing) at all stages of the production. Machine designed to limit inter-batch contamination and for quick changes between powders.
  • Machine : Expertise and control of the melting pool : all of the machine parameters are controlled using Michelin’s industrial referentials and experience. Elements controlled: geometric references for machine installation, machine parameter monitoring (lasing, layering, inerting, etc.), with alerts in the event of deviations and a preventive maintenance plan.
  • Part : Understanding and control of the relationships between the parameters and the mechanical/dimensional characteristics of the parts to be produced.
  • Method : Approval of the sequence of phases in the production process (quality process). AddUp fully masters the certification sequence (HQRI), and can help customers identify any risks and stabilize their process.
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Optimized production conditions

  • Simulation module to model part production and verify optimal manufacturing conditions.

Open Machine, software and numerical command

  • In addition to the pre-configurations and production strategies available, all of the machine’s parameters can be adjusted to meet the needs and requirements detailed in the specifications,
  • Open architecture so other available software can be used and easily interface with the machine.

Production traceability

  • Big data type data processing solutions are available including production parameters which influence part quality.

Unrivaled powder tolerance

  • All powder sizes can be used (up to 10 to 15 µm), with specifications which are significantly less restrictive than most, particularly for morphology and sphericity, in order to ensure that operating costs stay under control.

Technical features

FormUp™ machines are flexible and upgradeable: they are designed so that options can be added as needs and uses change.

Additional machines will be available from 2017.

  • Effective production volume
    FormUp™ 350 : 350 x 350 x 350 mm
  • Laser Type
    500W Yb fiber laser - 1 to 2 lasers
  • Optical chain
    3D Scanner
  • Oxygen rate controlled to match the materials used
    Argon & Nitrogen – 300 ppm
  • Coating system
    Bidirectonal
  • Roller system (processed and coated)
    Interchangeable for use with all powders
  • Inerting
    Gas and inerting quality based on needs
  • Precision (maraging steel)
    +/- 35 µm
  • Surface condition (maraging steel) 
    Ra on the order of 4 - 8 µm (depending on the angle)
  • Part reproducibility 
    ± 0,03 mm
  • Layer thickness
    E.g. Minimum 20 µm on maraging steel
  • Maximum scan speed 
    10 m/s
  • Heated platform
    200°C (500°C as an option)
  • Powder change management 
    Optimized powder circuit for quick material switches
  • Machine autonomy
    Adequate volume to complete a full platform with no need to reload powder
  • AddUp Control System on-site control
    Upstream machine parameter controls are completed with interactive surveillance of all of the parameters used to produce the part
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When multiple machines are integrated into a full production line, certain functions are combined:

  • Fume removal
  • Inerting gas
  • Powder processing
  • Standard powder feed modules
  • Universal software program to manage multiple workshop configurations

 

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Please contact us for additional information on this machine and the options available.

Compatible materials

FormUp™ machines are designed to be compatible with all types of materials:

  • Stainless steels
    316L (1.4404) Grade
  • Maraging steels
    18Ni300 (1.2709) Grade
  • Nickel alloys
    Inconel™ 718 and 625 Grades
  • Titanium alloys
    Ti6A4V Grade
  • Aluminum alloys
    AlSi10Mg Grade

Standards & Safety

A unique approach to Health, Safety and Environment issues

An analysis of the industrial and medical risks generated by the composition of certain alloys (Ni and Co) and the powder granulometry used (< 100-150 microns), as well as our mass production experience, highlighted the need to deploy solutions which integrate HSE (Health, Safety, Environment) issues from the earliest stages.

AddUp benefits from the experience of Fives and Michelin, which share the same values when it comes to protecting operators’ health and creating a safe working environment.

FormUp™ machines integrate HSE from the design phase, to limit operators’ exposure.

In addition to infrastructure consulting for additive manufacturing workshop creation, AddUp offers AddUp Control Systems, specific protective solutions that enable its customers to produce safely.

AddUp Flex care System™ is a flexible, innovative patented solution of one or more transportable plug & play HSE units, which includes everything you need for production with peace of mind.

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FormUp™ Line industrial complete solutions

FormUp™ Line: a full production line, from the powder to the finished part.

The AddUp teams can assess the benefits of using a full FormUp™ Line industrial solution, based on the customers’ needs, the sectors in which they operate and the types of parts to be produced, and propose a fully functional, productive industrial architecture.