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About the topic
Since the first pioneering companies have been able to shape metal powders by means of 3D printing or melting, more companies want to supplement their conventional production processes with additive methods. How quickly and comprehensively additive manufacturing (AM) of metal parts will be established depends, to a large extent, on the yield. The 3D printing industry is far from guaranteeing the high reproducibility and reliability known from traditional manufacturing processes. AM has only a fraction of the combined know-how of conventional subtractive methods. Therefore, it requires a lot of investigation within every step of the process chain to enable optimal part printing. Gaining this process knowledge might take several years, but the number of iteration loops can be significantly reduced with detailed analysis of materials and processes. It takes significant experience combined with unique technology to allow for a deeper understanding and detailed monitoring of most process steps, such as material powder characterization, i. e., powder size, form, as well as distribution and compactness analysis, crystallographic analysis, build defects, internal and external surface analysis, internal and external dimensional analysis, and the influence of post-build treatments, such as heat treatment. Each step can have a significant impact on the overall yield, therefore, correlating information throughout the process significantly improves overall part performance and reduces optimal recipe development time.
Meet your presenter
Dr. Marcin B. Bauza is responsible for New Technology and Innovation of the Zeiss Industrial Metrologybusiness and leads global additive manufacturing efforts within the Research & Quality Technology Group as well as is focusing on high-speed in-line metrology and surface inspection solutions. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and has his Executive MBA with concentration on Strategy from Duke University. Before joining ZEISS he co-founded a start-up, focusing on advanced motion and sensing solutions and was focused on technology and business development.
He has been awarded with numerous patents, wrote more than 30 publications, and serves as reviewer for Precision Engineering, Wear, and Measurement. Dr. Bauza also served as director and board member of ASPE and was actively involved at ASPE since 2002. He is also member of ASME and CIRP.