AddUp joins RISE’s Additive Manufacturing Application Center
May 30, 2022
AddUp, based in Cébazat, France, and the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), headquartered in Gothenburg, have signed a partnership that will see AddUp join RISE’s new Additive Manufacturing Center which aims to accelerate the use of Additive Manufacturing in Sweden.
RISE explains that its new centre will create a platform for industrial partners to collaborate with academia and institutes in order to drive AM adoption. The industrial partners will have access to the latest research carried out by the partners, the ability to test and demonstrate different Additive Manufacturing technologies, as well as access to expertise and competence along the supply chain.
RISE states that it is important that Sweden continues to invest in AM to strengthen its position in the growing market.
As one of the fifteen partners collaborating with the centre, AddUp aims to address various aspects along the value chain, from design and product/material development to manufacturing and post processing including surface and heat treatment and quality control. The company will also work with the partners to develop an alternative, cost-effective production method for the Swedish industry to be implemented and industrialised. It is anticipated that this collaboration will help digitalise manufacturing and optimise the supply chain.
Under the new partnership, the AddUp Modulo 400 Directed Energy Deposition (DED) machine will be installed at the RISE Additive Manufacturing Application Center. This machine is particularly suited to the needs of industrial production and features a build volume of 650 x 400 x 400 mm. It is equipped with two nozzles of different sizes and power: a 24Vx nozzle to produce large parts with speed, and a 10Vx nozzle to produce parts with precision. These nozzles can be changed without interrupting production.
The Modulo 400 is also equipped with an enclosure inerting system which allows it to work with reactive powders. This feature is said to make it one of the few DED machines on the market capable of processing reactive or non-reactive powder. Additionally, process control systems allow for continuous observation of the melt pool and provide early detection of possible drifts during production. The integration of a pyrometer allows for closed-loop control of the melting temperature.