The metallic additive manufacturing is an innovation and productivity trigger. Strong from our experience, 3D Printing is applicable at an industrial level, whatever the market you fit in. Discover a few examples where AddUp generates added value thanks to its leading-edge technology.
The automotive industry is a suitable sector for innovation through Metal 3D Printing. Engine parts, tools, and internal casing are examples where our technology can lead your company beyond common uses. 3D printing is an excellent and innovative way to build tomorrow’s car.
Tools use case in automotive: Michelin
Since the start of the year 2000, Michelin foresaw the additive manufacturing potential for its molds. A mold is made of thousands of steel strips – up to 4,500 for a winter tyre! -. If the only limit for each strip was Michelin’s engineers’ minds, then innovation could make a big step forward! However, this technology being still in its early stages and often seen for prototyping only, actors in this industry weren’t able to deliver turnkey solutions.
That is why, in order to answer their needs, Michelin decided to develop their own system from existing solutions. Since 2009, Michelin has its own machine with which they make some of their molds. Michelin is the first manufacturer to offer tyre ranges using this technology. It allowed them to conceive MICHELIN CrossClimate +’s unique shapes, the first certified tyre to drive under winter conditions, offering a lifelong optimal adherence on snow. They also built the MICHELIN Premier A/S and LTX ranges, for which the shapes evolve with wear to offer a better adherence. Yet again, MICHELIN X-Line Energy and X-Incity ranges reduce heavy trucks’ gas consumption. 3D Printing also allows reducing production costs. Thanks to this, the new MICHELIN XGuard range offers transporters on the Asian market premium tyres at competitive prices.
Michelin is probably the first producer in the world regarding metal 3D printing, with more than a million produced parts.
The medical sector uses from now on these technologies and numerous practical applications are yet to be discovered.
Take the example with CARMAT: the most advanced, fully artificial heart in the world’s creator and developer, CARMAT aims at offering a therapeutical alternative to patients with biventricular heart failure in terminal phase.
Collaborating with AddUp, CARMAT will provide an artificial heart for surgeons and their patients. This heart will benefit from 3D printing technological advantages, such as:
The aerospatial and aeronautics industry is one of the sectors that should use the most metal 3D printing. It is already interested in the many innovative ways they can use, such as:
In order to guide aeronautical and aerospatial industries in the use of this technology, but also to allow them to exploit all the potential for innovative and increased performances, AddUp decided to create a partnership with SOGECLAIR, forming a Joint Venture dedicated to industrial production projects within additive manufacturing, specialized in aeronautics, aerospatial and defence programs.
This global offer has the ambitious goal of becoming a key actor within these sectors to conceive, optimize and realize additive manufacturing prototypes, before industrial production.
Aeronautical norms and standards such as EN 9100 or Nadcap, for instance, will be respected thanks to our AddUp Community certified actors.
Luxury: new designs and customization
Freedom of shape being almost limitless in additive manufacturing, new artistical designs are available for never before seen and customizable items.
An example of development within this sector can be told with Decayeux:
Decayeux and AddUp decided to work together to offer a finish and quality level for industrial metal 3D printed luxury parts answering this demanding sector.
Thanks to the expertise of each, this collaboration opens the gates to innovative parts mixing design, customization and new finishes, showing off the vast potential of additive manufacturing.