PAMPROD (Procédés Additive Manufacturing – Productivité) is an industrial project developing a disruptive additive manufacturing solution for producing large parts and components in a cost-effective manner. The project was launched in response to the needs of the Aeronautics, Energy, and Defence sectors for producing large parts of up to five meters.
PAMPROD answers this demand by leveraging the power of additive manufacturing and creating a machine that can be easily installed in most production environments.
Designed to be flexible and agile
PAMPROD uses a hybrid additive manufacturing solution that combines both powder and wire deposition. The machine is specifically designed to be both flexible and agile. To increase a user’s return on investment, PAMPROD can be used with specialty metals, including the wide range of Nickel alloys for additive manufacturing that Aperam offers as either a powder or wire. PAMPROD can also be used with Titanium alloys and materials as stainless steel and steel.
A proof-of-concept machine has been installed at IREPA LASER. First pre-series parts are expected in early 2021, with Prodways bringing the PAMPROD solution to market by 2023.
Why choose PAMPROD ?
To ensure a robust, repeatable manufacturing process, the machine is equipped with cameras that are directly linked to a monitoring software. This allows the user to monitor the deposits in the melt pool in real time. A thermo-mechanical simulation completes the whole process before the part goes into production.
It is this combination of additive manufacturing technology and adaptability that allows PAMPROD to reduce costs and lead times.
The project is the result of a consortium of six companies: Aperam (manufacturing and adaptation of material consumables), Estia (piloting of robotics), Institute Jean Lamour (materials expertise and mechanical testing), IREPA LASER (machine and process development and numerical simulation), Prodways (machinery manufacturing), and TPSH (system monitoring).
The PAMPROD project was coordinated by Aperam and IREPA LASER and received funding from BPI (Banque publique d’investissement).
« Additive Manufacturing (AM), commonly known as 3D printing, has been growing significantly in the past decades, and nowadays is a field with high impact on European economic growth […]. The breakthroughs of AM over time brought new challenges to Industry, including the need for highly qualified professionals to deal with them. In addition, AM knowledge was scattered among companies, Universities and Research & Development institutions. There was an urgent need to establish a strong connection between those sectors […]. Thus, developing and establishing a solid connection between Universities, Research Centers and Companies working in AM was the main purpose of ADMIRE – Alliance for ADditive Manufacturing between Industry and UniveRsitiEs. »
« In line with this main objective, ADMIRE project focused on creating an innovative European Metal AM Engineer MSc course, with inputs from major key stakeholders from Industry and Education (within and outside ADMIRE consortium) to reply to the urgent industrial need for highly qualified personnel in Metal AM Process Engineering and Metal AM Coordination »
« In addition, ADMIRE project also designed and developed specific exchange of knowledge strategies focused on promoting connections and collaboration between stakeholders from Industry and Education. Among them are “AM World Café Meetings” and “Knowledge Speed-Datings”. »
« ADMIRE partnership comprises eight partners, connected to Education/Research & Technology and to Industry/Business. They are, respectively: Cranfield University and University of Birmingham (UK), University of Bremen (DE), Instituto Superior Técnico (PT), and GKN Aerospace, MTC – Manufacturing Technology Center (UK) IREPA Laser (FR) and EWF – European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting. »
IREPA LASER is happy to become one of the technological partners of JANUS Engineering.
IREPA LASER, specialist in laser and additive manufacturing technologies, has invested in the global additive suite of NX: CAO, Simulation, CAM AM (SLM and DED) and will also collaborate with JANUS Engineering and SIEMENS on the development of the process simulation module dedicated to multi-axis deposition.
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has selected IREPA LASER for the training of its engineers in laser safety.
The system of Four Laser Guide Star Facility is an important part of the adaptive optics system installed on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) of the European Southern Observatory at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.
IREPA LASER is proud to be among the drivers behind the European initiative « INTEGRADDE ».
INTEGRADDE networks already owning AM infrastructure – such as IREPA LASER – will allow a continuous validation and deployment of specific developments towards industrialization, boosting definitive uptake of AM in EU metalworking sector.
IREPA LASER is a key partner in the process development for DED technologies planned in the project, with a main focus on LMD applications.
Acknowledged expert for more than 30 years, IREPA LASER has developed a partners’ network with the best specialists in research and innovation related to laser technology : professional organizations, engineering schools, specialized companies …
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