AddUp has just signed a partnership with RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) to join their new Additive Manufacturing Application Center designed to accelerate the industrial use of additive manufacturing in Sweden.
RISE is opening the Application Center for Additive Manufacturing, in collaboration with industrial and academic partners, to support companies along every step of the supply chain – ranging from the development of new business models to product design and testing in a real production environment, to help companies fully utilize the benefits of the technology. This Application Center for Additive Manufacturing will create a platform for industrial partners to collaborate with academia and institutes to stimulate the adoption of additive manufacturing in Sweden.
Additive manufacturing enables a paradigm shift for the manufacturing industry and is relevant to almost all sectors. Sweden wishes to strengthen its position in this rapidly growing market, and in order to do this, it is necessary that it continues to invest in the technology – as it is doing through the development of this new Additive Manufacturing Application Center.
In the Center, the industrial partners will have access to the latest research carried out by the research partners, the ability to test and demonstrate different additive manufacturing technologies, as well as access to expertise and competence along the supply chain. To be successful in such an environment, collaboration, and cooperation between all partners in the Center is vital, as each partner has a unique competence and experience. The Center creates an independent and open environment for such collaboration to take place in Sweden.
With its expertise, Addup, one of the 15 partners, aims to address various aspects along the value chain in additive manufacturing, from design and product/material development to manufacturing and post-processing – including surface and heat treatment, and quality control. Addup will collaborate with the Center’s partners to develop an alternative, cost-effective production method for Swedish industry to be implemented and industrialized. This collaboration will help digitalize manufacturing and optimize the supply chain.
The AddUp Modulo 400 DED machine will soon be installed at the RISE Additive Manufacturing Application Center. With a build volume of 650 x 400 x 400mm, it is designed to handle a wide variety of applications. 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 in only a few seconds, without interrupting production. The Modulo 400 is equipped with an enclosure inerting device that allows working with reactive powders. This feature makes it one of the few DED machines on the market capable of producing reactive and non-reactive powder. In addition, 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.
The inauguration of the Research Institutes of Sweden’s Additive Manufacturing Application Center will take place on May 31, 2022. During the event, AddUp experts will present “Bridging the gap for mass adoption of additive manufacturing in industry”. As AM pushes forward toward an industrial scale, AddUp is focused on supporting every step of the adoption process, by offering industry-ready machines and quality assurance software. This partnership will provide the opportunity for Swedish industry to take full advantage of AddUp’s experience and expertise in metal additive manufacturing.