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AM workflow software; Metal powder line; Print layer control.

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April 6, 2021

Chiron

The compact AM Cube 3D metal printer for large, complex components can coat and repair components up to 500mm in size, produce cylindrical components up to 1m long, and generate near-net-shape production of semi-finished products. It has up to three deposition heads with hard-wired energy, material, and data supply. Automatic deposition-head changing permits wire or powder feedstock material for 3D printing or coating, internally or externally.

The deposition head can be changed during printing/coating, allowing different process requirements to be fulfilled. The automatic head change function enables these properties to be combined in a single workpiece. Wire and powder can be deposited in different phases during the same process. http://www.chironamerica.us

3D Control Systems

AM workflow software

ZAP automated workflow tools integrate disparate 3D printer systems; protect users against risk for future technology integrations; and eliminate system migration, deployment, and upgrade costs.

Powered by artificial intelligence (AI), the purpose-built MES + PLM + ERP + QA + CRM system reduces cost, increases operational efficiency, and improves quality by centralizing 3D printer management, consolidation, integration of disparate systems, printer equipment, and software platforms.

The software platform works like an operating system which is agnostic to any printer manufacturer software and design tools. It integrates and connects disparate 3D printing systems in an automated way, giving managers one software interface. https://3dcontrolsystems.com

Metal powder line

Equispheres powder products can be bundled with advanced engineering services to optimize specialty metal additive manufacturing (AM) applications. Three variations on the original high-performance aluminum alloy powder increase print precision, enhance part strength, or accelerate print speed and volume.

Powder features such as particle size distribution (PSD), morphology, and chemistry can be optimized to application requirements. https://www.equispheres.com

Thermwood

Print layer control

Available on LSAM additive manufacturing systems, Thermal Sensor Layer Automation continuously measures the temperature of a printed layer before a new bead is added. This allows the machine to automatically adjust the feed speed using layer time control to print at the temperature necessary for optimized layer-to-layer fusion and results in superior printed part quality.

The process uses a non-contact temperature sensor which rotates about the print nozzle under servo control and continuously measures the temperature of the existing layer less than a half inch in front of the moving print nozzle. This provides precise feedback of the temperature during layer fusion, ensuring integrity of the bond being generated at every point on every layer.

With the system, optimum print temperature is also part of the parameters stored in the control for each polymer and is determined when the polymer is first qualified. http://www.thermwood.com