Safran unveils Add+ engine demonstrator featuring almost 30% AM parts

June 21, 2019

Safran unveils Add+ engine demonstrator featuring almost 30% AM parts

The Add+ engine demonstrator is intended to drive increased adoption of AM across Safran group (Courtesy Safran Group)


During the Paris Air Show, June 17–20, 2019, Safran Group introduced the Add+, a demonstrator engine in which almost 30% of components are additively manufactured. Produced as the result of a partnership between several Safran companies, Add+ was reportedly developed to drive increased adoption of Additive Manufacturing across the group for production engines.

Etienne Hesse, R&T Project Manager and Add+ programme coordinator at Safran Helicopter Engines, stated, “Add+ brings together 3D printing expertise from across the Safran group. We started work on an existing engine model and redesigned almost 30% of its components using Additive Manufacturing techniques, with a view to integrating those components into serial production units. When we start ground runs, we will evaluate behaviour of these new parts in operation.”

Development of the Add+, which is based on the Arrius helicopter engine, began in early 2018 and assembly is now in progress, with ground-run testing reportedly set for next Autumn. Parts were produced using Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF), drawing on the group’s metal Additive Manufacturing capabilities at its facilities in Bordes, Saclay and Corbeil, France.

Download the latest issue of Metal AM magazine

Our latest issue is now available to view online or download in PDF format.

As well as an extensive AM industry news section, this 172-page issue includes articles and reports on:

  • United Technologies: Pioneering new possibilities for Additive Manufacturing in aerospace
  • Additive Manufacturing at HP: A new ‘centre of excellence’ supports the move to volume production
  • Powder removal: The Achilles heel of powder bed-based metal Additive Manufacturing
  • Defining your digital future: The path to industrial digitalisation in Additive Manufacturing and beyond
  • DfAM insight: How to choose candidate products for AM production applications
  • VBN Components: Additive Manufacturing delivers a new generation of wear-resistant carbide parts
  • Developing an effective metal powder specification for Binder Jet Additive Manufacturing
  • Rapid qualification of new alloys for Additive Manufacturing through a holistic process chain
  • > More information

Latest news


    Sign up to our e-newsletter, sent weekly to AM professionals and end-users around the world. We'll also let you know each time a new issue of Metal AM magazine is available.

    Discover our magazine archive…

    The free to access Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of metal Additive Manufacturing from a commercial and technological perspective through:
    • Reports on visits to leading metal AM part manufacturers and industry suppliers
    • Articles on technology and application trends
    • Information on materials developments
    • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
    • International industry news
    All past issues are available to download in PDF format, in either single page format or as double-page “spreads” for viewing on large monitors. All downloads are free of charge. Go to archive...

    Connect with us

    Visit our social media channels and sign up to our e-newsletter