CLIP-FAM : Powder Bed Characterization for Metal Additive Manufacturing

clipfam fabrication additive normandie

The CLIPFAM project aims for a better understanding of the role played by the characteristics of the powder bed on the general properties of metal parts produced by additive manufacturing.

région normandieFEDER

Metal additive manufacturing

Metal Additive Manufacturing is identified as a key technology due to its advantages (integration of functions, production of complex parts, etc.). It is estimated that the market grows by 20% each year and it is essential that France remains in the competition with regard to this technology. Many projects focus on Additive Manufacturing, whether on:

  • Design, digital
  • Part characterization and performance
  • The implementation of this technology and new processes

Normandy has strong skills around additive manufacturing with a positioning of actors on several segments of the AM value chain: product design, material development, implementation, product control. A new and interesting area of ​​research and development in France is that of the characterization of raw materials, namely metal powders.

Funded by the Normandy region and the European Union, CLIPFAM is based around a Norman consortium: Analyses & Surface, ArianeGroup, CEVAA, CRISMAT, GPM, INSA Rouen Normandie, LMN, NAE and Volum-e.


Research works objectives

In this context, the objectives of the CLIP-FAM project work are:

  • Develop a method for characterizing the spreadability of metal powders for additive manufacturing (test bench)
  • Reinforce the stallability modeling in order to anticipate an optimal production
  • Assess the impact of a powder with good/poor spreadability on the part produced
  • Support the emergence of a specific powder standard (spreadability component)

CEVAA supports its clients in the context of partnership research projects