Apps Simplify Direct Metal Deposition, Powder-Bed Fusion AM

DP Technology’s additive suite is designed for optimizing job files and process control in powder bed fusion and hybrid AM processes.

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DP Technology has announced the premiere of its Esprit additive suite, a 3D printing solution that is designed for efficiency and accuracy while simplifying the additive manufacturing process into a few steps. It is designed to deliver machine-optimized job files and process control for direct metal deposition and powder-bed fusion systems.

For hybrid machine tools, the app for direct metal deposition offers integrated programming and simulation for multitasking, multifunction, multi-channel additive and subtractive machine tools, all integrated within the Esprit CAM system. Features include specialized trajectories for additive processes, full-spectrum tool paths for subtractive processes, simulation and verification for both additive and subtractive processes, and postprocessing for any CNC machine tool.

The app for powder-bed fusion systems is a printer driver that supports the process from orienting the part, creating supports, optimizing the build, and slicing and nesting, to generating a job file. It includes a part-to-build workflow, essentially a portable, reusable print driver which enables an intermediary part-to-build file to be created and reused in other job files without redefining the manufacturing information for traceability, time savings and consistency. The app’s knowledge management feature enables problem solving and knowledge sharing with other users to foster improvement and better decision making through automated rules and best practices. A process control app enables information sharing among users within a company. The app stores information including original 3D CAD files, part-to-build files and job files, as well as post-build information such as user comments, build results and machine log files. It also includes thermal simulation of the build process for prediction of potential part distortion, and optimized nesting for multi-part builds.

Both apps feature the ability to work directly with native 3D CAD files. General end-user availability is expected in mid-2018.

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