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AddUp and Dassault Systèmes offer AM digital continuity for the aerospace industry

AddUp has joined Dassault Systèmes' ecosystem, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform

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AddUp, a global metal additive manufacturing OEM offering a series of industrial 3D metal printers, has recently joined the 3DEXPERIENCE platform – a Dassault Systèmes’ ecosystem that offers a dedicated set of applications for AM – from new material characterization, adapted design and build job preparation, simulation to shopfloor scheduling, and execution monitoring. By working on a single platform, users can ensure digital continuity across the entire lifecycle of parts.

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,“ said a spokesperson 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 the 3DEXPERIENCE platform features and applications, while creating strategies and generating trajectories using the AddUp Trajectory Generator. For near-perfect process mastery, trajectories are displayed directly in the DELMIA application, before being sent to SIMULIA applications for process simulation.

At the heart of this collaboration is Aeroprint, an ambitious R&D project driven by Dassault Aviation, 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 that significantly benefits from this technology. An industrial platform at the Argonay site is currently being set up – dedicated to accelerating the adoption of AM within the aeronautics industry.

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