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Materials - Processes


Additive manufacturing: a complete range for deployment in firms

Cetim can offer a comprehensive range to assist companies in the launch of additive manufacturing. The Cetim solution ranges from identifying the keys to a successful innovation to production kick-off.

In just a few years, additive manufacturing has moved forward from a simple concept to a full-scale industrial revolution in many fields such as the medical, aeronautic, automobile and rail sectors. Despite this, it is not always easy for companies to manage the entire value chain for this technology. For this reason, Cetim offers industrial firms a comprehensive range to assist them throughout all of the stages involved in the successful use of additive manufacturing.

A solution for the entire value chain

The overall approach involves identifying the keys to the success of the innovation, from redesign to sizing, and from the implementation of the new process to inspection. The preliminary stage involves diagnosis with a study of the pertinence of the technology for the target application and technico-economic feasibility. This stage is followed by the design or redesign of parts, limiting assemblies, and optimising topology by reducing masses, or even using new materials. The economic variables of the planned solution are then assessed, together with return on investment. Validation tests can be carried out at the platforms of Cetim, Cetim-Certec or their partners. Cetim also assists companies with part characterisation, mainly based on mechanical tests. Finally, the Centre assists industrial operators with drafting specifications and selecting new production line equipment, up to the installation of production kick-off and personnel training resources.

Check out the full range for "additive manufacturing: supporting you throughout the value chain" and for "additive manufacturing: material characterisation" on the Cetim site, under the " Services" section.

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Mastering various types of materials (metallic, polymer, composite...) and their particular implementation through processing and assembly processes is the very base of mechanical engineering industry. The technologies used in this sector gradually evolve but remain critical for everybody.
This technological focus includes projects relating to : virtual simulation of manufacturing processes, implementation of innovative manufacturing processes or improvement of existing ones, innovative assembly processes (mechanical ones, but also processes using adhesive bonding or welding), characterization and definition of using conditions for new materials (metallic or non-metallic ones) and nanostructured materials or surfaces.

Hot topics

To help the mechanical engineering industry to anticipate and make the best strategic choices, Cetim, with support from its partners, has identified 53 technologies which are considered as priorities for the mechanical engineering sector for 2020.

  1. Multi-material joining
  2. Near Net Shape forming methods
  3. Micro-fabrication
  4. Superalloys and ultrahigh performance steels
  5. Thermoplastic composites
  6. Light and titanium alloys
  7. Agile and adaptive manufacturing systems
  8. Nanofilled elastomers
  9. Integration of robots during production
  10. Welding of high-performance materials
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