ADMATEC announces a process monitoring system for advanced ceramic and metal additive manufacturing (AM). Process monitoring offers full documentation and traceability of the production process and is designed for demanding industries requiring high productivity and full traceability of the production process like the aerospace, biomedical and aesthetic sector.
The vision-based system adds more user control to the modular 3D printer for metal and ceramics through layer detection, foil movement and time-lapse videos of the print. The Admaflex’s patented feedstock system allowed the successful development and fast adoption of the process monitoring system, as through the Admaflex foil you can see exactly what is happening during the print process, and record it, layer by layer. For example, if a build platform would print 180 products with just one failing during the process, the monitoring system will detect this and proceed with the other 179 parts to finalize successfully. Whereas with a more traditional approach like VAT this would mean the full run has instantly failed.
“Our customers are now able to trace back each step of the print with additional log files that work as proof of the AM process particularly needed for biomedical and aerospace applications.” – Jaco Saurwalt COO at Admatec.
Since the commercial launch of the Admaflex 130 in 2016, many 3D printers have been installed worldwide. This provided valuable customer feedback. One of the results is the launch of this vision-based process monitoring system.