PostProcess, headquartered in Buffalo, New York, USA, has partnered with AddUp Group, based in France, with a goal of advancing the metal Additive Manufacturing industry and delivering streamlined processes to additive users.
Founded in 2016 as the result of a partnership between Michelin and Fives, AddUp offers a catalogue of multi-technology production systems and on-demand part manufacturing. The alliance with PostProcess brings post-build technology both in house and to users with software-driven, scalable surface finishing.
Both companies share the vision that AM will not scale sustainably unless the entire process flow from design to finished part is digitised and automated. This requires industry collaboration among the ecosystem players. With this partnership, AddUp and PostProcess lay the foundation for scaling affordably and safely the production of AM parts by not only reducing the cost of post-processing, but also improving safety and traceability through digitisation and automation.
Collaborative work has started with an initial focus on parts additively manufactured by AddUp for the aerospace, fashion, energy, automotive, and medical industries, and post processed with the PostProcess® DECI Duo™ automated metal surface finishing solution. To drive efficiencies in the company’s own manufacturing endeavours and support its customers locally, AddUp will also implement the DECI Duo solution in two of its facilities in France and the USA.
Medhi Offroy, Post-processing Methods Engineer at AddUp Group, stated, “We found in PostProcess Technologies the perfect match for a partnership. Digital integration in the post-processing of Additive Manufacturing is the point we were looking for to improve the value chain. The DECI Duo solution is really interesting to reduce surface roughness on delicate metal 3D printed parts. Now we can reach inaccessible surfaces in a quick execution time.”
AddUp’s AM machine, the FormUp®350 New Generation – launched in May – is able to produce metal parts not only with medium particle size powder, but also with fine powder, which improves the final result of surface roughness reduction.
“We found different applications in every field we work with to apply the combination of the FormUp 350 and the DECI Duo to meet the most challenging requirements of our customers,” stated Frank Moreau, AddUp CEO.
Bruno Bourguet, Managing Director, PostProcess Technologies International, concluded, “When considering the potential of Additive Manufacturing’s impact, the need to connect the ecosystem and enable processes through digitalisation is paramount. This relationship does both of those things. We are delighted to partner with an esteemed name in the global metal 3D printing space and look forward to jointly help customers globally.”