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Enhanced Software Package Mines Information to Help Optimise Additive Manufacturing Process Parameters

21 February 2017

Granta Design has launched the enhanced GRANTA MI:Additive Manufacturing software package to manage, analyse, and apply materials and process information for the effective development and production of additively-manufactured parts.

According to Granta, this new, easy-to-use graphical analysis tools plot material properties and process parameters against one another to identify trends. Users can manage and compare data from both experiments and simulation. New ‘workflow’ features enable controlled processes - example applications range from supporting build and test management for a specific project, to implementing request and approval processes enterprise-wide.

Additive manufacturing (AM) promises to transform manufacturing – but only if you can ensure part performance, consistency, and quality. Granta explains that this requires deep understanding of process parameters and their impact on the material. MI:Additive Manufacturing is a package of tools built on the industry-leading GRANTA MI materials information management system. It includes a data structure (schema) and information management capabilities that enable users to capture the full picture and manage data related to powders, builds, machine parameters, parts, and tests. They can consolidate this data, browse it through a fast, easy-to-use web interface, and share it across their organisation with controlled access. But how do they mine the resulting rich information resource to extract that crucial understanding?

The new GRANTA MI:Mat Analyser is said to enable advanced plotting and graphical analysis of additive manufacturing information stored in GRANTA MI. Use the app to create multi-dimensional plots and relationship charts. Visualise and understand vital relationships between material properties and additive manufacturing process parameters. This insight can be used to modify process parameters for optimal results.

Granta claims that the MI:Additive Manufacturing package can integrate with a range of AM machines, including those from EOS, Arcam, and Renishaw. Granta also provides access to the Senvol Database, the leading reference resource, to search and compare materials based on properties, type, or compatible machines – enabling you to make the right choice first time.

Najib Baig, Product Manager, Materials Innovation at Granta, said, “It is imperative to develop a business process strategy for additive manufacturing as early as possible. The GRANTA MI:Additive Manufacturing Package enables you to manage your process and dataflow, control your risks, and reduce your time-to-production.”

 






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