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Fives Michelin and AddUp present new FormUp 350 SLM 3D printer

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Fives Michelin Additive Solutions – a joint venture launched by Fives and Michelin in April 2016 – present its AddUp FormUp 350 3D metal printing industrial solutions under the AddUp brand at the recent formnext show in Frankfurt.

A complete 3D metal printing offer

With AddUp, Fives Michelin Additive Solutions offers global industrial solutions in metal 3D printing, from the design and supply of machines and associated services and consulting, through parts manufacturing:

  • design and manufacture of machines, and their integration into a complete production factory
  • metal parts manufacturing on demand
  • service activity, including re-design of parts, expertise in the manufacturing process and services associated with supporting the operating machine.

Mr. Bruno Bernard, CEO of Fives Michelin Additive Solutions, underlined that “AddUp stands out because we provide personalized support to industrial businesses in order to find the optimum technical and economic solution. Furthermore, we pay particular and unprecedented attention to operator safety and respect for the environment during the industrial use of powders and metal additive manufacturing machines.”

AddUp: industrial, scalable solutions adapted to the needs of each manufacturer, presented at the booth

FormUp 350 SLM 3D Printer

At booth J70 Hall 3.1, FormNext visitors learned about four aspects of the AddUp offer:

  • The FormUp™ 350 machine

This flexible and modular industrial additive manufacturing machine used for mass production of parts and prototypes is based on laser melting technology on a metal powder bed. It offers rapid, reliable and precise production of metal parts, directly from CAD data.

  • AddUp Manager™ 2016 software  

This user-friendly software solution allows you to import 3D files and provides a link with the print driver in each machine for the additive manufacture of metal parts.

  • A model from the AddUp Flex Care System™ unit

This controlled-atmosphere, scalable, compact and portable solution aims to protect operators and surrounding buildings from the risks linked to the industrial use of powders and metal additive manufacturing machines.

  • Parts manufacturing using the additive technology

In addition to its machine offer, AddUp offers expert support in the implementation of an industrial metal additive manufacturing solution with the best technical and economic option, from the feasibility study to the industrialization and qualification of the parts.

This offer is aimed at serving the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors, but also other industrial sectors which could benefit from the various assets of metal additive manufacturing in terms of productivity, part quality, flexible production and lead time.

A joint venture combining the expertise of two major industry players

FormUp 350 SLM 3D Printer

Launched in April 2016, Fives Michelin Additive Solutions combines the skills and experience of Fives and Michelin to develop a reliable industrial offer in the field of metal additive manufacturing: AddUp.

Fives provides its skill, experience and capacity for innovation in mechanical engineering, automation and control of industrial processes to create completely digitized machines and systems meeting technology requirements in additive manufacturing, but also the reliability and reproduction constraints of controlled industrial production. Fives provides its Global Services network to AddUp clients.

Over many years, Michelin has developed unique expertise in metal additive manufacturing to produce mold parts at an industrial scale which cannot be produced using traditional production methods (machining, welding…) with a production capacity of 650,000 parts/year. This technology allows it to develop and market truck and car tires with unrivaled performance in a very short turnaround time.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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