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Partnership Brings Industrial-Scale Metal 3D Printer to CDME

AddUp's FormUp 350 at Ohio State's Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence.

CDME students operating the AddUp FormUp 350

(l-r) Noah Gula, Graduate Research Assistant, CDME; Sammy Passell, Process and Applications Engineer, AddUp; Nathanael Henry, Research Assistant, CDME; Ben DiMarco, AM Technologist, CDME

Ohio State's Block-O trinkets created on the FormUp 350 were used as giveaway mementos for the attendees of the recent TRX conference hosted by America Makes.

"TRX @ OSU" mementos created on AddUp's FormUp 350.

AddUp, Inc. and The Ohio State University have announced the installation of a FormUp 350 Laser Powder Bed Fusion printer at Ohio State's Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME). The partnership offers students, researchers and faculty expanded opportunities to develop cutting-edge additive manufacturing (AM) processes and complement AddUp's six FormUp 350 printers being installed at its nearby Cincinnati facility.

"The FormUp 350 has already equipped us with capabilities we do not have with our other printers," said Edward Herderick, Director of AM at CDME. "It has an open platform that allows us to tune strategies by accessing build parameters and enables us to achieve enhanced material properties through processing fine powder. We now can take on more complex projects requiring larger parts."

Herderick continued, "This machine provides the largest build plate of all our machines in the additive lab at the CDME, with the capacity to print 350 X 350. Within its first few weeks of operation, the FormUp 350 has quickly established itself as a reliable, operator-friendly platform."

CDME houses more than $5 million worth of AM equipment, including industrial 3D printers capable of processing metals, polymers, composites, biomaterials and ceramics. The FormUp 350 machine will enhance the center's metal 3D printing capabilities while enabling engineers to deliver reproducible series of industrial parts at high productivity levels.

"AddUp was familiar with Ohio State's CDME and its robust AM program, so we were happy to partner with the facility to showcase the FormUp 350," said Ken Wright, President of AddUp. "The FormUp 350 features our latest technology. It prints faster, is more efficient and was designed for operator safety. We are committed to innovation and leading the industry in PBF technology, so what better place to showcase that technology than in our own backyard at CDME."

AddUp Inc. is the North American headquarters for AddUp and is located in Cincinnati, OH, less than two hours from Ohio State's campus and the CDME.

CDME works with companies and researchers to translate new technologies into market-ready products. These projects give student employees hands-on experience integrating new technology while providing customers the workforce advantage necessary to compete in the global marketplace. CDME works with companies across a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical, energy and tooling to provide design, engineering, prototyping and product enhancement utilizing the AM laboratory. This partnership offers an opportunity for AddUp to showcase its new technology, presented on the FormUp 350, to a new customer base through the university.

"We are excited to partner with Ohio State and the CDME to participate in the research for new material and process developments for 3D printing using the FormUp 350," Wright said. "Both AddUp and CDME are members of America Makes, so this partnership provides an opportunity to collaborate on rapid innovation projects to further the research for AM applications."

"The FormUp 350 provides a unique powder rolling system that has helped us print complex part geometries while maintaining quality," said Ben DiMarco, AM Technologist for CDME. "More specifically, the quality of the surface finish is significant for our partners in the aerospace and medical industries."

Wright said, "The FormUp meets part quality requirements in terms of mechanical properties, geometric properties (up to 0.1 mm dimensional accuracy) and material density (up to 99.99%). Also, operators can work in safety, having zero contact with the powder due to our Autonomous Power Module, powder storage, machine feeding and unfused powder recovering and sieving."

"The FormUp 350 offers a modular build platform, which means we can quickly and economically scale from small research projects to full-scale industrial applications. This is a strong benefit for customers," DiMarco stated. "The machine also offers an open interface that is user-friendly. The software is easy to navigate and implement changes to the machine parameters. This feature is particularly valuable when training our student employees on the machine."

AddUp is a joint venture between two major French industrial groups, Michelin and Fives, established in 2016.

For more information contact:

AddUp, Inc.

5101 Creek Road

Cincinnati, OH 45242

PBF: 864-501-2120

DED: 513-745-4510

Ohio State CDME

1314 Kinnear Road

Suite 1533

Columbus, OH 43212


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