The AddUp teams have demonstrated remarkable resilience not only in managing the pandemic, but also the changes implemented to lead the company towards a promising new industrial future.
Through AddUp, its joint venture with Michelin, Fives offers comprehensive metal 3D printing solutions, a market segment for which the company is now the French leader.
The pandemic had an immediate effect on AddUp’s volume of business; notably, the production of parts for certain sectors such as Formula 1 which was over even before it had started.
However, 3D printing continues to stand out as an alternative production method, which meets the growing need for a more resilient supply chain, offering greater flexibility, local manufacturing and reduced material consumption. Today, additive manufacturing is increasingly integrated into companies’ strategic considerations; this momentum is strongly supported by the French state, notably through the economy recovery plan.
Founded in 2016, AddUp entered a new phase of its development in 2020.
Firstly, following a period of strong external growth, the organization was transformed to provide a more comprehensive offering, supporting a unique brand based on shared values.
In addition, the commercial offer was refocused to ensure it is aligned with customers’ needs. AddUp added further momentum to its part production activity, thanks to new advances in process control and new processing capacities, to create parts in very different materials and sizes, for a large number of sectors (energy, luxury, aeronautics, space, automotive, defense). Moreover, the company developed its after-sales offer with ad hoc maintenance programs based on the needs of industry figures and with the provision of a dedicated web portal. Work on predictive maintenance is in progress.
AddUp’s flagship machine is ready for industrial use. It addresses the needs and challenges of staff safety, productivity, quality, investment control and integration. It includes several innovations in this regard, particularly for the software suite, control of multi-laser strategies and the powder management module. The machine is modular and scalable to adapt to current and future needs.
In addition, this machine integrates perfectly into any customer environment thanks to excellent interoperability. Aware of the difficulty of incorporating additive manufacturing into the production chain, AddUp has developed a range of services to support customers at each stage of their journey. Specific maintenance programs help guarantee excellent machine availability.