Poly-Shape, an AddUp company, signed a contract with Constellium to research and develop innovative components made from aluminum powder. The components will be additively manufactured from the Aheadd® powders recently developed by Constellium.
“This is the result of the flexibility of our structures, our reactivity and the high quality of our teams, in particular the research and development sector,” said Stephane Abed, CEO of Poly-Shape. “From the beginning, our strong culture of R&D places innovation at the center of the company, to meet the expectations of the demanding high-tech industries in which we operate.”
Known for metal additive manufacturing in industries such as aeronautical, motor-sport, and energy, Poly-Shape has an in-house research and development department and participates in numerous multinational industrial innovation projects. This includes projects to develop emerging processes to validate new materials and new design methods, improve manufacturing parameters for existing machines, and perform testing of future machines.
Working together with Constellium, Poly-Shape has taken up the challenge of producing aluminum parts with additive manufacturing. A small Poly-Shape team working under sanitary conditions in accordance with government recommendations has recently successfully 3D printed a plate of functional hydraulic blocks with the new Aheadd aluminum powder. The metal parts show an optimized and complex design with high precision aesthetics.
In addition, this new collaboration is fully integrated into the overall Addup R&D policy, which includes a joint-venture between Michelin and Fives, two big french firms. The performance of additive manufacturing machines and their productivity is strongly linked to the behavior of the materials when printing. Therefore, the choice of alloy and the development of associated recipes is a fundamental key to success in the field of metal additive manufacturing.