Xact Metal, State College, Pennsylvania, USA, has introduced a new software solution, Smart Layer, for the automated visual monitoring and real-time analysis of its Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) Additive Manufacturing machines.
This intelligent monitoring solution conducts a layer-by-layer analysis using computer vision algorithms and convolutional neural networks to provides anomaly detection in real-time, immediately notifying the operator upon issue detection in order to prevent build failures. Xact Metal partnered with Addiguru, LLC, Metairie, Louisiana, to build the foundation of Smart Layer. Addiguru provides in-situ monitoring technology for Additive Manufacturing processes.
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Part anomalies can occur during the build process that are difficult for the operator to detect manually, and when uncaught, may necessitate costly post-build inspection and repair.
“We are excited to introduce Smart Layer monitoring,” statrd Juan Mario Gomez, CEO of Xact Metal. “Addiguru’s open policy has allowed us to easily integrate our technologies to provide even more value to the end user. Our focus at Xact Metal is not only to make metal Additive Manufacturing affordable, but also easy to use. Smart Layer compliments this mission by using intelligent tools to verify the integrity of each print, one layer at a time.”
Shuchi ‘SK Khurana, president and CEO of Addiguru, stated, “Addiguru is pleased to work with Xact Metal on their Smart Layer solution. Using advanced imaging technology, Smart Layer identifies typical issues such as part swelling, streaks, hops, and spatter on the print bed. Since their foundation six years ago, Xact Metal has focused on increasing the adoption of metal 3D printing technology and we are glad that Smart Layer can support abundant printing experiences and this mission.”