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Additive Manufacturing for Research & Development

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Design of Experiment (DoE)

With the 2Build software, you can plan your experiments quickly and easily optimize process parameters. The parameters development environment of 2Build supports you in your tasks. The software combines planning tools for the statistical design of experiments (DoE), a CAM module for generating the test objects on the building platform, an image analysis for the density calculation and an automatic determination of the best working parameters based on the results of the regression analysis.

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.

Design of Experiments (DoE) for parameter development, 3d printing for density optimization for metal PBF, part 1
Design of experiments for parameter development, 3d printing for density optimization for metal PBF, part 2

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 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.

Design of Experiments for parameter development, 3d printing for density optimization for metal PBF, part 3

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