Launched in 2014 at a cost of €11 million, the Volum-e project involved the construction of a 1,000 m2 building for plastic and metal additive manufacturing. A technology that allows a physical object to be manufactured from a digital copy by adding molten metal powder, layer-upon-layer. The object is thus produced as a single piece by a laser coupled with a three-dimension computer-aided design (CAD) model of the part to be produced.
Volum-e has a fleet of 30 additive manufacturing machines including several machines providing a maximum manufacturing platform of 250 x 250 x 325 mm. Volum-e has also, for the first time in France, acquired two large-capacity direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) machines from the world leader in metal additive manufacturing solutions. A machine that provides a 400 x 400 x 360 mm manufacturing platform for the industrial production of high-quality large metal parts, from CAD data, without the use of tools.
« The aim is clearly to meet production ramp-ups in aviation and other sectors. We are preparing ourselves for Ariane VI engines in particular which will require many metal additive manufacturing parts ».
Volum-e invests between €500,000 and €1,000,000 each year in new machines and 3D printers. On the strength of this sustained investment, Volum-e is able to provide its customers with metal, plastic, and organic 3D printing tools, high speed machining tools, vacuum duplicated copying tools, electroplating tools, casting tools and prototyping and assembly tools, as well as high-end paints in all colours.