Technology transfer with Cetim
A national network based on the regions
With more than 15 years of expertise, Cetim is the National Industrial Technical Center for metal additive manufacturing. As such, it is recognized as the national technology transfer coordinator for metal additive manufacturing technologies and is supported by its regional platforms in the various and renewed equipment and its historical expertise in the mechanical fields of the AM value chain: simulation, design, metallurgy, characterization (static/dynamic), non-destructive testing, metrology.
As a major R&D partner, alongside major specialized collaborators, Cetim offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to transform and implement scientific knowledge into applications at the service of industry.
Extensive expertise in metal additive manufacturing
Cetim has been working for 15 years on metal additive manufacturing technologies from design to production and characterization of the part produced. Its experts are working on over 10 additive manufacturing platforms shared with manufacturers, located throughout the territory. They have the latest generation machines adapted to a wide range of markets and applications.
From its various expertise stemming from mechanical technologies, Cetim has within its task force all the skills required to address each step in the metal additive manufacturing value chain:
→ Raw materials (wire, powder), (chemical analysis of powders to be added)
→ Design, product-process simulation, topology optimization
→ Post-processing (Surface Treatment, Heat Treatment, tribo-finishing)
→ Characterization of parts and specimens (mechanical, chemical, metallurgical)
and optimization of associated test plans
→ Cleanliness of parts (powder removal)
→ Dimensional checks, Non-destructive testing (X-ray tomography, Ultrasound, acoustic emission, etc.)
Cetim in figures
→ Volume of R&D committed to FA Metal over the past 5 years: 8M€
→ Number of theses in progress in 2021: 5
→ Number of equipment:
• Manufacturing: 10
• Characterization/control: 100+
• Number of people involved (including teacher-researchers): 35
The Carnot Manufacturing sector
In addition, Cetim is the leader of the Carnot Manufacturing activities, which relies on a group of Carnot institutes specialized in materials, digital and new technologies, and production systems (Arts, Cetim, Chimie Balard Cirimat, Energies of the future, Ingénierie@Lyon, Leti, LSI, Mines, Mica, TN@UPSaclay). The consortium also benefits from the presence of the Onera Aerospace Research Center.
The Carnot Manufacturing sector aims to meet the needs of SMEs and ETIs, in terms of R&D partnership but also skills gaps needed to accelerate the transition from idea to industrial product with minimal risk. To achieve this objective, the consortium is structured around 6 challenges that constitute the building blocks of the Industry of the future, including metal additive manufacturing.
Thus, and to find out if France could have a leadership position in this discipline, the Carnot Institutes of the sector Manufacturing, in conjunction with the AIF and its additive manufacturing community, had established in 2017 a “Mapping of French R&D players in additive manufacturing”. Its aim is to identify our main players in this field, in terms of skills across the value chain, levels of expertise, technologies and resources within the major regions.
Cetim, at the crossroads of research and industry
Cetim is the French center of reference for mechanical expertise, and is a technological institute labeled Carnot as well as a member of the Industry of the Future Alliance.
It functions as the R&D tool of 6500 mechanical companies, and accounts for 1,100 people with its centers partners and subsidiaries, of which more than 2/3 are engineers and technicians for a turnover of €150 millions. It combines its action with a network of scientific and technical partners. Its position as pilot of many innovative projects naturally makes it the cornerstone of major industrial projects or multi-partner R&D activities, across 5 main axes: design-simulation-testing, manufacturing processes and materials, mechatronics-control-measurement, sustainable development, and finally management and support for SMEs.