Since the 1st of January 2009, the PIMM Lab has been gathering strengths and skills from three different laboratories:
- The Laboratory of Materials Engineering (LIM - UMR Arts et Métiers ParisTech/ CNRS 8006)
- The Laboratary of Mechanics and Processing (LMSP – UMR Arts et Métiers ParisTech / CNRS 8106)
- The Laboratory of High Power laser Applications(LALP – UPR CNRS 1578)
At first, the interest of such a co-location was scientific: the interactive reconciliation between materials, structures and manufacturing processes corresponds to a major scientific trend of the mechanics of solids at the international level. Its additional originality is to try to take the processes as the driving force.
The polymers group of the CNAM P2AM EA4626 joined us in September 2011. They brought all their research equipment and their expertise in biosourced materials and extrusion processes. The research activities around the processes, microstructure and properties of the polymers were there restructured into a new research group called ArPe. In January 2013, the entire P2AM merged with the PIMM and the metallurgy group of the P2AM team became part of the new CoMet research group. Since the 1st of January 2014, the PIMM has had three supervisory authorities: Arts et Métiers ParisTech, CNRS and CNAM.