Industrialization of digital engineering and additive manufacturing (AM)
Project start: May 2019
Project end: Apr 2022
The overall objective of the “Industrialization of Digital Engineering and Additive Manufacturing (AM) – IDEA” is the industrialization of additive manufacturing for the German industry by realizing a fully integrated, automated AM production line. By this measure, the biggest challenge facing variant-rich series production is to be accepted and successfully solved: the lack of line integration.
ModuleWorks subgoal is the investigation and extension of software components for the integration into the industrial standard software. In particular, the consistency of the machining planning is to be guaranteed, i.e. after additive generation the continuous subtractive post-processing.
To facilitate the planning of additive machining, a system for checking the target geometry during the design in CAD is being developed. This system helps the user to design his designs for the L-PBF process already during the design phase and thus to schedule the process in an optimized way.
For a line integration of the L-PBF, the interaction with further processing steps is another important aspect supported by ModuleWorks. For the alternating additive and subtractive machining, the hybrid machining, ModuleWorks is researching a system that allows this alternating with planning. During planning, this system constantly tracks the current, virtual shape of the workpiece and makes it available to the machining plans.
An efficient integration of the post-processing into the additive production line requires that the downstream machining strategies are adapted to the L-PBF process in order to effectively use the knowledge available here. For example, the distinction between planned volume and support structures. Here, ModuleWorks researches optimized machining strategies that enable the removal of these unwanted structures from the virtual line without complex planning.