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Thales Morocco qualifies AddUp’s FormUp 350 for ECSS

Under the European space protocol ECSS-Q-ST-70-80 C, the system has met technical requirements for aluminum parts

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Thales 3D Morocco, a subsidiary of the Thales Group, and AddUp, a metal additive manufacturing company jointly owned by Michelin and Fives, have passed a special milestone and produced aluminum parts for aerospace and security applications achieving ECSS qualification.

AddUp installed and commissioned a FormUp 350 quad lasers machine in the Casablanca-based facility of Thales. Qualified under the European space protocol ECSS-Q-ST-70-80 C, the FormUp 350 has met technical requirements for some of the most challenging applications in the Thales ecosystem.

Thales Morocco qualified AddUp's FormUp 350 for ECSS-Q-ST-70-80 C, meeting technical requirements for aluminum parts
One of the ECSS validation builds in Aluminum: over 500 measures done to meet the challenging Thales criteria.

As part of this partnership, AddUp will also provide production assistance to Thales. Twin machines located in AddUp premises are currently undergoing the same validation process so that they can ensure business continuity when demand increases above Thales’ capacity.

“We are thrilled to supply the FormUp 350 to a customer such as Thales. This is a milestone for us which confirms the relevance of our product and business strategy” says Julien Marcilly, CEO of AddUp.”

Thales has been an early adopter of metal additive manufacturing. Titanium and aluminum parts have been commonly used onboard satellites since 2015. To accelerate the use of the technology across its portfolio, Thales opened a 3D manufacturing facility in 2017 in Casablanca, Morocco, strategically located in the heart of the local aerospace ecosystem. The facility specializes in the production of 3D parts that meet the high performance and quality standards required for critical applications in the Space, Aviation and Security domains, such as equipment and antenna supports, Radio Frequency components, heat sinks, etc.

“Working in partnership with AddUp to fine-tune the FormUp350 machine will not only help us reach best–in–class productivity and HSE protection but will also help reduce the cost of controls thanks to advanced monitoring functions,” says Xavier Crassous, International Operations and Partnerships Director. By adding this new multi-laser machine to Thales 3D Morocco production capability, we expect to significantly widen the range of Aluminum applications where we can bring innovation and competitiveness thanks to additive manufacturing.”

 

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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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