AddUp, headquartered in Cébazat, France, has officially opened the doors of its new Tooling Competence Centre within the WBA Tooling Academy in Aachen, Germany. In addition to this Additive Manufacturing facility, a new office in Aachen will serve as AddUp’s German subsidiary (AddUp GmbH) and host a local team of engineers in an effort to support companies industrialising AM.
This is the group’s second AM facility outside of France, following the opening of a new Solution Centre in North America last year. To celebrate AddUp’s expansion into Germany, a Grand Opening of the Tooling Competence Centre will take place on May 10, 2023.
AddUp specialises in two types of Additive Manufacturing technologies: Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) and Directed Energy Deposition (DED). The company’s machine portfolio includes the FormUp range of open-architecture PBF-LB machines, as well as the BeAM Modulo and Magic lines of industrial DED machines.
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“We couldn’t be more excited about the opening of our Tooling Competence Centre at the WBA in Aachen. Germany has a rich history in the tooling sector and AddUp is ready to support metal Additive Manufacturing adoption within this industry by showcasing our know-how in AM technology, productivity, quality and safety using the FormUp 350,” stated Julien Marcilly, Deputy CEO of AddUp. “We are looking forward to providing our customers in the tooling industry complete support for their metal 3D printing projects through this Tooling Competence Centre.”
AddUp has experience in the tooling industry developing applications and materials best suited for mould and tool production. The Tooling Competence Centre is intended to provide a resource for tooling manufacturers to validate their applications and partner with an experienced user of PBF-LB technology.
The facility is equipped with a FormUp 350 machine and tool makers will have the opportunity to submit application cases for evaluation beyond a simple proof-of-concept. They will be able to study all aspects of their project, from Design for Additive Manufacturing as it relates to PBF-LB to the profitability analysis and the study of series production.