Funding from the UK’s Research and Innovation agency Innovate UK has been secured by NquiringMind, Chillworth, Southampton, in collaboration with TWI, Cambridge; Trumpf UK, Luton, Bedfordshire; Lancaster University and Materialise, Leuven, Belgium. The project – titled iAM3DPO – will investigate processing conditions in Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) Additive Manufacturing.
iAM-3DPO will utilise MCP (Materialise Control Platform) technology, allowing total beam path control, and beam shape control from Trumpf’s VariMODE Pro’s in an effort to mitigate the risks associated with build failure. Together, the system is expected to enable dynamic optimisation of advanced process parameters and scan strategies, and could lead to solutions to cost effectively upgrade ageing PBF-LB Additive Manufacturing equipment.
Those interested in the project can speak with TWI about the iAM-3DPO project on 12.0, A113 at Formnext 2022.