Additive manufacturing for research & development (R&D)

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Additive manufacturing solutions for research & development

Our solutions are tools to help you research better, faster and more intelligently.

Monetizing Additive Manufacturing Solutions

Rapid Prototyping: AM allows for the quick creation of physical models from digital designs, significantly reducing the time between conceptualization and prototype testing.

Material Testing: Additive manufacturing technologies work with a diverse range of materials. This allows researchers to test different materials and combinations to identify optimal properties for specific applications.

Complex Geometry: Additive manufacturing can produce intricate structures, such as lattice or honeycomb structures, that are otherwise difficult or impossible to achieve using traditional methods.

Customization: AM is ideal for creating custom solutions tailored to specific research needs. This is especially valuable in sectors like biomedicine, where patient-specific solutions can be prototyped.

Rapid Tooling: In R&D settings, there can be a need for specialized tools or equipment. Additive manufacturing provides the flexibility to design and create these unique tools without the need for extensive and expensive manufacturing processes.

Reduction of Waste: Traditional manufacturing methods, like subtractive manufacturing, produce significant waste. In contrast, AM only uses the material necessary for the object, reducing waste and costs.

Iterative Design: AM allows researchers to make design modifications quickly and produce new prototypes, facilitating iterative testing and optimization.

Service Bureaus: Establish a service bureau offering Additive manufacturing services to businesses and individuals. Given the high costs associated with setting up AM infrastructure, many firms prefer to outsource their AM needs.

Consultation & Training: Offer consultation services to businesses looking to incorporate AM into their operations. Additionally, provide training courses for those interested in understanding and utilizing AM technologies.

Proprietary Product Development: Use AM for R&D to develop proprietary products or components that can be patented and then licensed or sold.

Supply Chain Solutions: Introduce AM as a means to reduce inventory and streamline production processes for businesses, thereby cutting down their lead times and associated costs.

Customization Services: Tap into markets that require high customization, like healthcare (prosthetics, orthotics, dental applications) or fashion (custom-fit clothing or jewelry).

Material Development & Sales: Given that AM technology often needs specialized materials (e.g., specific resins or metal powders), there’s an opportunity to develop and sell proprietary or superior-performance materials to AM users.

Software Solutions: Develop software tailored to AM, enhancing design capabilities, optimizing print processes, or providing predictive analysis for potential print failures.

Maintenance & Repair Services: Offer maintenance services for AM machines, as well as repair services for objects made through AM.

Step 1: Definition of the DoE

First: choose the parameters to be considered in your analysis. Then you can choose from different statistical design types (ccc, ccf, cci, and many others). Depending on your requirements, the appropriate design type will help you achieve your goal quickly and with the required accuracy. The software automatically generates the test objects on the build platform and assigns the calculated strategy. Various test items are available to you for this purpose. You also have the possibility to define your own test objects. The only thing you have to do is to start the printing.

Step 2: Print the pattern & the micrographs

The printed test patterns have to be evaluated afterward. This is precisely where 2Build can help you. Simply load the micrographs of each object into the software. Then, 2Build automatically calculates the density of each cube. Thanks to sophisticated Additive manufacturing algorithms for image analysis, you can get your density distribution in seconds, depending on the object.

Step 3: Analyze the results

The analysis of the micrographs based on the selected static models is processed automatically. The results of your analysis are displayed to you in different graphs.

The result is what counts: The software calculates the optimal working point based on your requirement with the calculated accuracy. The optimum operating point is the parameter set at which the best component density is achieved. The operating point can also be optimized for the printing speed. Thanks to a variety of graphs and visualization options, the relationships and dependencies of the parameters are clearly displayed.

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