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Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D Printing
Additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing encompass a range of processes used to create parts from CAD files by gradually adding material. Additive processes bring a number of benefits that subtractive manufacturing (machining and other processes that remove material) and other common manufacturing processes do not. These include virtual total freedom in terms of design, integrated functions, customization, fast turnaround, and lower mass.
Additive manufacturing has exploded over the past decade, (Wholers Report 2019 -
https://wohlersassociates.com/2019report.htm) with growth mainly driven by polymer and composite 3D printing and, more recently, processes using metal.
Liten's know-how covers the entire 3D printing value chain
In 2014, Liten began to expand the scope of its powder metallurgy research by investing in 3D printing using metals. From the very early days of Liten's foray into metal 3D printing, the institute formed partnerships with machine manufacturers to support the emergence of a metal 3D printing industry.
Specifically, Liten's research focuses on:
Poudr’Innov 2.0, a technology platform operated by Liten, a CEA Tech institute, recently acquired an LBM (laser-beam melting) additive manufacturing machine from Prodways, the leading provider of industrial 3D printing solutions.
In research conducted in partnership with Naval Group, Liten, a CEA Tech institute, successfully implemented a laser powder-bed fusion additive manufacturing process on a 316LN stainless steel alloy. This is the first time additive manufacturing has been used to produce 316LN parts.
Powder injection molding almost ready for industrial rollout
Liten, a CEA Tech institute, is proving that powder injection molding is a technologically- and economically-efficient way to manufacture complex-shaped metal parts without machining. The institute’s Poudr’Innov platform is helping manufacturers access the technique, with support at all stages up to test manufacturing runs.
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CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.