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AddUp and ESI Group intensify their collaboration by presenting "Distortion Simulation AddOn" at Formnext 2018

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At the Formnext 2018 trade show, AddUp and ESI Group (Paris:ESI) will
be presenting "Distortion Simulation AddOn," an ergonomic and
accessible simulation module they jointly designed specifically for
metal additive manufacturing.

AddUp, a leader in industrial solutions for additive manufacturing, and
ESI Group, a leader and pioneer of virtual prototyping solutions based
on material physics, have announced the forthcoming availability of Distortion
Simulation AddOn
. This module will enhance the range of
functionalities of the AddUp ManagerTM software for the
definition and production tracking of parts in additive manufacturing.

Founding members of the SOFIA project (Solution pour la Fabrication
Industrielle Additive métallique – Industrial Metal Additive
Manufacturing Solution), initiated in 2016 and sponsored by Bpifrance,
AddUp and ESI Group have shared a common vision of metal additive
manufacturing ever since their first meeting. At a time when the
industrialization of additive manufacturing has become reality,
simulation based on material physics, which ensures an in-depth
understanding of material processes and behavior, is one of the key
components to improving the competitiveness of the additive
manufacturing process.

Controlling manufacturing processes

The optimization of process parameters is a crucial stage in the
additive manufacturing process and a driver of competitive
differentiation. Manufacturers, according to their specific
applications, must be able to focus available machine times either on
production or on process optimization.

Traditionally, production validation has meant primarily producing
parts, then assessing their conformity. Introducing a simulation tool,
all too often limited expert users, required multiple feedback loops
between different functions, creating discontinuity over the digital
chain.

By integrating simulation directly in the preparatory stages of additive
manufacturing, Distortion Simulation AddOn brings
continuity to the production process. The AddUp Manager user interface,
intuitive and stable, offers the ideal working environment for defining
simulation parameters, particularly for staff who are not experts in
this field.

"With this simulation technology we can help our customers improve
their operational efficiencies and responsiveness, by significantly
increasing the number of first time right parts,
" explains Vincent
Ferreiro
, CEO, AddUp. "Thanks to its accessibility, Distortion
Simulation AddOn
will appeal to a wide range of users, requiring
only a very short learning curve. This tool will help them maximize the
potential of our FormUp machines
."

Combined expertise has enabled AddUp and ESI Group to generate results
that really matter to industry, taking all production parameters into
consideration. The process is based on a succession of simple, guided
steps. The level of detail is configurable according to customers'
needs: from optimizing industrial production to verifying small series.

Simulation results allow physical characteristics of parts,
displacements, strains and residual stresses, to be correlated with the
feasibility criteria calculated upstream of production. This allows
risks of production downtimes due to collisions of the roller or scraper
to be anticipated. At the end of the process, a modified geometry is
generated. Based on predicted deformations due to the process and
exportable to STL format, this helps ensure geometrically compliant
production.

A partnership geared to industrial competitiveness

"The complementary nature of our teams and our fields of expertise,
backed up by our collaboration in the SOFIA project, has enabled us to
develop an industrial solution that delivers performance, predictability
and competitiveness while continuing to implement innovative production
methods such as additive manufacturing,
" comments Vincent Chaillou,
COO, ESI Group.

Distortion Simulation AddOn is the first milestone in the
collaboration of these two leaders of the metal industry, who have
gained an undisputed mastery of their respective fields. Promoting the
competitiveness of the additive manufacturing industry, this first joint
project confirms and reinforces the leading roles of AddUp and ESI Group.

Based on complementary expertise, AddUp and ESI Group have thus firmly
established their cooperation, sharing know-how and building their
respective competitive strengths for the future. AddUp, with its highly
open and flexible production systems, is further improving its mastery
of industrial processes and the power of its software packages. ESI
Group, with its background in material physics, reinforce simulation of
machine behavior in metal additive manufacturing of the highest level.

Distortion Simulation AddOn will be available in the
spring of 2019.

The collaboration will be presented on AddUp booth (3.0 C21)
Wednesday November 14
th at 1:30pm.

About AddUp

AddUp was established on April 1th 2016 when two industrial
groups, Fives and Michelin, decided to create a major player in metal 3D
printing. The aim of this joint venture is to let customers benefit from
unique experience and expertise by developing and marketing industrial
machines and production workshops based on metal additive manufacturing
technology, commonly known as metal 3D printing, on a global scale.
AddUp's offering includes technologies for both powder bed fusion (LBM,
Laser Beam Melting) and, since acquiring BeAM in June 2018, metal powder
deposition by laser (DED, Directed Energy Deposition). The company also
provides services, consultancy and training to assist customers in
adopting these innovative technologies. Thanks to recent stake
acquisition in Poly-Shape, AddUp can now offer its customers unique
access to a multi-manufacturer, multi-technology, multi-material and
multi-application platform to help them determine the best technological
solution for their parts production needs. Headquartered in
Clermont‐Ferrand, France, with subsidiaries in the United States and
Singapore, AddUp currently employs more than 300 members of staff.

About ESI Group

ESI
Group
is a leading innovator in Virtual Prototyping software and
services. Specialist in material physics, ESI
has developed a unique proficiency in helping industrial manufacturers
replace physical prototypes by virtual prototypes, allowing them to
virtually manufacture, assemble, test and pre-certify their future
products. Coupled with the latest technologies, Virtual Prototyping is
now anchored in the wider concept of the Product Performance LifecycleTM,
which addresses the operational performance of a product during its
entire lifecycle, from launch to disposal. The creation of Hybrid TwinTM,
leveraging simulation, physics and data analysis, enables manufacturers
to deliver smarter and connected products, to predict product
performance and to anticipate maintenance needs.

ESI is a French company listed in compartment B of Euronext Paris.
Present in more than 40 countries, and addressing every major industrial
sector, ESI
Group
employs about 1200 high-level specialists around the world and
reported annual sales of €135 million in 2017.

For further information, go to www.esi-group.com.

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