Industrial players and academic institutions come together to form SOFIA

23 November 2016
Paris, France
A research program for metal additive manufacturing

Paris, November 23, 2016 - SOFIA ("SOlutions pour la Fabrication Industrielle Additive métallique" - Solutions for Industrial Metal Additive Manufacturing) is an applied research program for metal additive manufacturing, initiated by the Fives Michelin Additive Solutions joint-venture.

SOFIA's ambition is to contribute to the development of this technology by working on the entire metal additive manufacturing value chain (powders, production equipment, processes). To that end, SOFIA fosters synergies between the skills provided by high-level partners.

SOFIA partners

An ambitious reseach program

SOFIA is a 6-year applied research program. It aims to develop technological bricks which can be used to manufacture robust parts at competitive prices, particularly to meet the requirements of the aviation industry. Work will focus on 4 key areas:

  • Perfecting metal powder ranges
  • Improving the productivity of additive manufacturing machines by optimizing the material / process pairs and developing new energy sources
  • Designing new ranges for parts with optimized technical and economic characteristics, with a view towards digital continuity
  • More broadly, increasing the knowledge of the HSE (health – safety – environment) risks linked to metal additive manufacturing in order to create a repository.

Partners with complementary expertise

SOFIA fosters synergies among the skills and experiences of high-level players, which cover the entire value chain from powders to finished parts. SOFIA combines a detailed understanding of the materials and processes involved with end users' needs for the parts made with this technology, notably in the aviation sector.

The program, which was initiated by the Fives Michelin Additive Solutions joint-venture (AddUp brand), is based on the expertise of partners including:

  • industrial players: Aubert & Duval, ESI Group, FusiA, Michelin, Safran, VOLUM-e, Zodiac Aerospace.
  • academic institutions: The CNRS and research universities (Centrale Supelec, Centrale Nantes, Ecole Polytechnique, ENS Paris-Saclay (ENS Cachan), University Paris Diderot, University of Paris-Sud, Pierre and Marie Curie University – Paris VI).

A project acting as a catalyst for skills in metal additive manufacturing

SOFIA brings together partners to form a consortium of research and development that contributes to the dynamism of metal additive manufacturing.

With a budget of more than € 50 million, SOFIA is funded by the Auvergne – Rhône-Alpes region as well as Bpifrance as a « Projet de recherche et développement Structurant Pour la Compétitivité (PSPC) » - structuring R&D project for competitiveness, within the “Investing for the Future” program.

SOFIA is certified by the following competitive clusters: ViaMéca, Aerospace Valley, ASTech Paris Region, NAE and Mov'eo.



SOFIA (« SOlutions pour la Fabrication Industrielle Additive métallique ») est un programme de recherche appliquée dans le domaine de la fabrication additive métallique.

L’ambition de SOFIA est de contribuer au développement de cette technologie, en travaillant sur l’ensemble de la chaîne de la fabrication additive métallique (poudres, machines, procédés). Pour cela, SOFIA met en convergence des compétences apportées par des partenaires d’excellence : industriels, autour de la co-entreprise Fives Michelin Additive Solutions (Aubert & Duval, ESI Group, FusiA, Michelin, Safran, VOLUM-e, Zodiac Aerospace) et académiques (CNRS et les établissements de recherche et d’enseignement suivants : Centrale Supelec, Centrale Nantes, Ecole Polytechnique, ENS Paris-Saclay (ENS Cachan), Université Paris Diderot, Université Paris-Sud, Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris VI).

Contact :
Claire Mathieu-André, Fives
claire.mathieu-andre [at]
+33 1 45 23 76 21 / +33 6 13 26 99 32