MT Aerospace and AddUp have been partners since 2020, working to industrialize metal AM in Europe. Now, with the addition of two FormUp 350 PBF machines, loaded with titanium and aluminum powder, MT Aerospace further extends the range of services it can offer to industrial customers, especially in the aerospace, space, defense, automotive and energy sectors. These two PBF machines join the two Modulo 400 DED machines already operated by MT Aerospace for the development and qualification of satellite fuel tanks, in collaboration with the European Space Agency.
“MT Aerospace’s FormUp 350 machines, loaded with titanium and aluminum powder, have proved their ability to produce highly complex parts, for example, heat exchangers, with an unrivaled surface finish. This is made possible not only by using a roller coating system but also by the precise positioning of every laser on the entire FormUp 350 platform” explained Markus Axtner, SVP Additive Manufacturing Program Management.
The combination of minimal amount of substrate, reduced post-printing work and a build rate 15% higher than other machines result in improved lead time and reduced overall part costs for MT Aerospace’s customers.
The AddUp systems are fully integrated in MT Aerospace’s offering, which covers the entire development and production chain.
Frédéric Le Moullec, AddUp Sales Director, explained, “Having our machines installed in the industrial setting of MT Aerospace in Augsburg (Bavaria) makes our technologies accessible to European manufacturers in a lot of different industries. MT Aerospace’s cutting-edge expertise in the design, manufacturing and certification of high-tech components is highly complementary to that of AddUp, and enables us to develop optimized additive manufacturing solutions for our customers together.”
Further to these machine acquisitions, MT Aerospace and AddUp are engaged in a strong partnership to support industrial customers in their Additive Manufacturing journey by combining both their expertise: AddUp’s legacy, inherited from Michelin and Fives, to make industrial AM machines and track record of developing parts such as implants, Formula 1 engine components, satellite antennas and aircraft flight equipment, and MT Aerospace’s of manufacturing Ariane rocket parts.
These machines and this partnership with AddUp will play a key role in MT Aerospace’s growth plan.
“As an End-to-End AM Contract Manufacturer for high-quality products, we rely on a high-performance machine park. The two FormUp 350 systems are well suited to further strengthen this machine park. At the same time this gives us the possibility to grow further with our customers in various industries – from space and aerospace, to defense, automotive and energy – and offer them final, high-quality products in serial production,” said Thomas Weitlaner, SVP Additive Manufacturing Sales
AddUp will present some of the key applications developed and manufactured by its customer MT Aerospace at the Formnext exhibition in Frankfurt on November 7-10, 2023.