TEMPE, AZ (PRWEB) September 07, 2017
LAI International, Inc and AddUp have formed a partnership to advance industrial production of Metal AM components and materials, including Inconel, aluminum and titanium in the USA. The partnership will employ AddUp’s FormUp-350TM, Dual 500W Laser-Powder-Bed-Fusion machine as the platform for the program, the first of its kind to be delivered in the USA. The FormUp-350TM will be installed at LAI International’s Tempe, Arizona facility, ready for full-rate, qualified production in January 2018. AddUp’s FormUp-350TM will complement LAI’s existing Electron Beam Melting (EBM) technology, providing a significant expansion of the capabilities and materials in LAI’s Metal AM portfolio.
Additionally, AddUp and LAI International are exploring co-locating an advanced additive customer technology center in Tempe, Arizona to provide expert local additive services and machine demonstrations for Metal AM customers and research institutions in the Southwestern United States.
ABOUT LAI INTERNATIONAL:
LAI International is a leading contract manufacturer of precision-engineered finished parts, components and sub-assemblies for advanced industries, including Aerospace, Defense, Energy, Industrial and Medical. LAI is also a growth company with longstanding and entrenched relationships with a diversified customer base of leading OEMs. Innovative ideas, best-in-class people, optimized processes and leading-edge technology differentiate LAI from the traditional manufacturing and supply-chain model. As a true strategic partner, LAI is focused on solving tomorrow’s complex component manufacturing problems today. For more information, please visit http://www.laico.com.
AddUp, headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, is a joint venture of the global industrial groups Fives and Michelin. AddUp develops machines and industrial production lines using the metal additive process; complete industrial metal AM solutions include: machine development and design, part application and production assistance, and aftermarket services. The AddUp offer, already recognized for its additive manufacturing technologies through Fives and Michelin, sets itself apart with an industrial approach tailored to the customer’s needs. AddUp’s FormUp-350TM Laser-Powder-Bed-Fusion machine with inert powder management system is built for industrial applications that demand precision and repeatability in a series-production environment. AddUp’s offer includes the turnkey FlexCareTM system designed to manage the Health, Safety, and Environmental aspects of the Metal AM process with a fully configurable, modular approach. The AddUp product line is expanding to include the FormUp-700TM, available for the market in early 2018. For more information, please visit http://www.addupsolutions.com.