MT Aerospace AG, Augsburg, Germany, a subsidiary of the space and technology group OHB SE, has purchased two FormUp 350 Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) Additive Manufacturing machines from AddUp SAS, headquartered in Cébazat, France.
Building on a partnership that began in 2020, the new machines are anticipated to allow MT Aerospace to further extend the range of services it can offer to industrial customers, especially in the aerospace, space, defence, automotive and energy sector. The new machines join two of AddUp’s Modulo 400 DED machines.
“MT Aerospace’s FormUp 350 machines have proved their ability to produce highly complex parts, for example heat exchangers, with an unrivalled 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 a minimal amount of substrate, reduced post-build work and a build rate 15% higher than other machines are said to result in both an improved lead time and reduced overall part costs for MT Aerospace’s customers.
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Frédéric Le Moullec, AddUp Sales Director, shared, “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 optimised 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 of 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.
Both these machines and this partnership are expected to play a key role in MT Aerospace’s growth plan.
“As an end-to-end 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. This gives us the possibility to grow further with our customers in various industries – from space and aerospace, to defence, automotive and energy – and offer them final, high-quality products in serial production,” Thomas Weitlaner, SVP Additive Manufacturing Sales, contributed.
AddUp is now presenting some of the key applications developed and manufactured by MT Aerospace at Formnext 2023 at Hall 11.0, E43.