The Platform

The Platform

CIRTES platform is based in Saint-Die-des-Vosges since 1991. For more than 25 years, the platform has been combining the technologies of Additive Manufacturing (AM), Digital Rapid Product Development (DRPD), Subtractive Manufacturing (SM) and AM + SM hybridization, in order to offer to other companies means for research, R & D, technology transfer and training. The tools of the digital chain integrated to the platform include CAD, Numerical Simulation, Virtual Reality (VR), Digitization, Additive Manufacturing (AM), Subtractive Manufacturing (SM, Advanced 5-axis Machining) , 3D Control, Characterization and Qualification of pre-series. The platform also has heavy and efficient industrial equipment representative of the entire digital chain of the rapid product development (RPD).


  • CAD - CAM
    • TOP Solid, CAD et CAM
    • Catia V5, CAD - CAM
    • Sensable Freeform: Digital sculpture by haptic arm with force feedback
  • 3D scanning and control
    • Contact scanning
    • Contactless scanning by structured light, laser, infrared light, and other small sensors
    • Coordinate measuring machine (CMM)
  • Numerical simulation and optimization
  • Virtual reality
  • Additive Manufacturing: a set of 25 different processes machines in laboratory
    • Assembly of layers from plates: Stratoconception® (wood, polymer, metal)
    • Polymerization of a resin under the action of a laser: Stereolithography, Digital Light Processing (DLP)
    • Wire fusion through a heated nozzle: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
    • Projection of binder on a powder substrate: 3D printing (Z-Corp)
    • Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM)
    • Solidification of powder under the action of a laser: Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Polymer, Sand and Metal
    • Solidification of powder under the action of a laser: Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) (metal)
    • Material Jetting 3D Printer: Polyjet
    • 3D Rapid Packaging: Pack & Strat® cardboard, polymers, wood
  • Acquisition/Characterization
    • Interferometric profilometer (characterization of large parts)
    • High power digital microscopes
    • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

A few images of CIRTES platform equipments: