Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has entered a partnership with Sciaky, Inc., to enhance its EBAM technology with predictive analysis tools.
Sciaky’s turnkey EBAM metal 3D printers use high-value materials, such as titanium, tantalum, and nickel-based alloys, to produce parts and structures up to 20 feet in length. This process produces large-scale parts faster, cheaper and with less waste than traditional manufacturing methods for some of the largest aerospace companies in the world.
Printing large parts composed of high-value metals can be tricky because material behaviors are tougher to predict for large geometries. To address this matter, Sciaky’s Interlayer Real-time Imaging and Sensing System (IRISS) enables closed-loop control of the EBAM 3D printing process to eliminate variations and improve its quality and production throughput by sensing and digitally self-adjusting metal deposition in real-time, with precision and repeatability.
To further support EBAM’s closed-loop control, Hexagon’s Simufact solution has been validated to accurately simulate the thermal-mechanical behavior of the DED process, enabling users to analyze thermal history, stresses, strains, and distortions throughout the process and optimize build setup and process parameters virtually before deposition. As a result, the software reads EBAM’s printer trajectories and process parameters directly, reducing the effort required to produce the simulation model. The entire process is streamlined because the G-code is directly compensated within the software.