Metal additive manufacturing (AM) is often billed as the future of manufacturing, providing unlimited possibilities in terms of part design and complexity, minimal material wastage and the ability to manufacture parts anywhere in the world through the internet.
An aspect of AM that receives relatively limited attention, yet underpins the foundation that AM relies upon, is powder management.
Powder bed AM processes typically use up to 20kg of powder for each 1kg of manufactured part. This means that AM users must be able to effectively handle and recycle vast amounts of powder during the process.
In the current generation of AM machines the powder handling equipment provides a potential risk to both powder traceability and powder quality. This is largely driven by exposure of the powder to the environment and the use of non-optimal equipment.
The PowderCleanse project will develop and demonstrate an effective solution for powder management, which utilises digital connectivity to both monitor and control every aspect of the process.
Key innovations will be developed for metal powder sieving, online process monitoring, foreign body contamination detection and fully enclosed powder handling environments.
This webinar will take place on 29/1 from 10:30 to 11:30 (GMT-5:00). Register for the event by clicking here.