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December 5, 2017: Valérie Pécresse, President of the Île-de-France Regional Council, officiated at the opening ceremony of Additive Factory Hub on the Digiteo Saclay campus

Additive factory hub 250Additive Factory Hub (AFH) brings together additive manufacturing innovation, development, and integration under one roof. Valérie Pécresse, President of the Île-de-France Regional Council, officially opened the new facility on December 5, 2017.

 

An international center for R&D

Additive Factory Hub (AFH) is located on the Digiteo Saclay campus (at the CEA’s center in Paris-Saclay). AFH was set up to help establish an organized additive manufacturing ecosystem around the scientific research community on the Paris-Saclay campus and, more broadly, in the Île-de-France region, with the overriding objective of responding to the major industrial and economic challenges associated with additive manufacturing. AFH enables its members and partners to pool their know-how and most advanced equipment for use in projects that can range from basic scientific research to scaling up new technologies for manufacturing.

AFH is coordinated by CETIM, France’s technical resource center for the mechanical industries, and is operated in partnership with the CEA, both of which are founding members of the Alliance Industrie du Futur. AFH will also work directly with small to mid-sized companies through technology transfer, training programs, and other support services. AFH aligns closely with the Île-de-France regional government’s “smart industry” strategy. “AFH is a prime example of what the Paris-Saclay campus is capable of achieving. Today, the challenge for the Île-de-France region is to once again become a major hub for manufacturing” said Ms. Pécresse during her speech.

After the opening ceremony, guests were given an opportunity to tour the facility’s three main areas:

  • The manufacturing area, with 3D polymer and metal printing equipment
  • The testing area, with the Gerim innovative testing lab
  • The digital technology area, with design and simulation tools for additive manufacturing

  • Christophe Gégout, Deputy General Administrator, CEA, welcomes Valérie Pécresse, President of the Île-de-France Regional Council
    Christophe Gégout, Deputy General Administrator, CEA, welcomes Valérie Pécresse, President of the Île-de-France Regional Council
  • Philippe Watteau, Director of List, a CEA Tech Institute (Institut Carnot TN@UPSaclay
    Philippe Watteau, Director of List, a CEA Tech Institute (Institut Carnot TN@UPSaclay
  • Valérie Pécresse, President of the Île-de-France Regional Council, officially opens AFH
    Valérie Pécresse, President of the Île-de-France Regional Council, officially opens AFH
  • Manufacturing area: Demo of additive manufacturing of metal parts on the FormUp™ 350 machine sold by AddUp
    Manufacturing area: Demo of additive manufacturing of metal parts on the FormUp™ 350 machine sold by AddUp
  • Manufacturing area: Demonstration of additive manufacturing of polymer parts on an HP printer from industrial equipment supplier Multistation
    Manufacturing area: Demonstration of additive manufacturing of polymer parts on an HP printer from industrial equipment supplier Multistation
  • Manufacturing area: Open additive manufacturing machine (metal parts) for applied research
    Manufacturing area: Open additive manufacturing machine (metal parts) for applied research
  • Manufacturing area: Demonstration of additive manufacturing technologies developed in France on the AddUp Flex Care System™, which integrates health, safety, and environmental performance by design
    Manufacturing area: Demonstration of additive manufacturing technologies developed in France on the AddUp Flex Care System™, which integrates health, safety, and environmental performance by design
  • Testing area: Exhibit by France’s national testing laboratory on the importance of metrology for additive manufacturing and X-ray tomography equipment from the Gerim platform (List institute)
    Testing area: Exhibit by France’s national testing laboratory on the importance of metrology for additive manufacturing and X-ray tomography equipment from the Gerim platform (List institute)
  • Testing area: Ultrasonic testing systems developed jointly by List and company M2M
    Testing area: Ultrasonic testing systems developed jointly by List and company M2M
  • Digital technology area: Demonstration of CIVA simulation software for non-destructive testing (List institute)
    Digital technology area: Demonstration of CIVA simulation software for non-destructive testing (List institute)
  • Digital technology area: Dassault Systèmes 3Dxperience Playground
    Digital technology area: Dassault Systèmes 3Dxperience Playground
  • Digital technology area: Dassault Systèmes Playground for the 3D design of parts to be manufactured using additive techniques
    Digital technology area: Dassault Systèmes Playground for the 3D design of parts to be manufactured using additive techniques
  • CETIM presents its new facility in Paris-Saclay on the Digiteo Saclay campus
    CETIM presents its new facility in Paris-Saclay on the Digiteo Saclay campus
  • Showroom of parts made using additive manufacturing techniques with Air Liquide, Safran, and Poly-Shape
    Showroom of parts made using additive manufacturing techniques with Air Liquide, Safran, and Poly-Shape

Additive Factory Hub quick facts

  • €40 million over 5 years
  • 15 additive manufacturing machines: instrumented benches, open machines, industrial-grade equipment
  • More than 400 sq. m in 2018
  • More than 15 member and partner companies and organizations

Additive Factory Hub members and partners

  • Addup, Air Liquide, AREVA NP, Arts et Métiers ParisTech, CEA, CETIM, CNRS, Dassault Systèmes, ENS Paris-Saclay, EDF, LNE, MINES ParisTech, Onera, Poly-Shape, Safran, SystemX, Université Paris-Saclay, Université Paris-Sud, Vallourec.
  • The investments in the AFH are financed in part by the Île-de-France Regional Council (€2.5 million for Phase 1, mid-2017 to 2018).

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