Intech Additive Solutions, Bangalore, India, has collaborated with Umwelt- und Ingenieurtechnik GmbH Dresden (UIT), a subsidiary of General Atomics Europe/General Atomics (USA) to develop and optimise new materials for metal Additive Manufacturing using AMOptoMet Ultimate version 2.0, Intech’s parameter optimisation software for metal Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) Additive Manufacturing machines.
“AMOptoMet is a parameter optimisation software that provides the right process parameters to achieve better surface finish and desirable mechanical properties in metal 3D printed parts,” stated Sridhar Balaram, CEO & founder of Intech Additive Solutions. “The software helps in printing parts right first time, and reduces the time taken for the Design of Experiments (DOE) when developing parameters to print new materials. UIT-Dresden’s use of AMOptoMet in their research projects further validates the software and gives us invaluable feedback to incorporate features to address new and emerging applications and materials in metal 3D printing. We look forward to our collaboration with UIT-Dresden.”
Intech and UIT-Dresden will be working together. The research and development at UIT-Dresden in advanced materials and material characterisation for use in metal AM, along with fundamental multi-physics simulations of the metal AM process – complements the parameter prediction and optimisation capabilities of the AMOptoMet software. Specific projects for deeper collaboration will be identified with definite objectives – to benefit both UIT-Dresden’s research programmes and the development and validation of Intech’s AMOptoMet software.
“Intech’s AMOptoMet has been of great help in our R&D activities,” commented Dr Horst Maerten, Director for Science and Technology at UIT-Dresden. “Our initial studies indicate that the software can be used by UIT-Dresden as a reference against UIT-Dresden’s theoretical studies and simulation efforts coupled with the test data obtained from experiments on DMG MORI 3D printers at UIT’s affiliates within the General Atomics group of companies. UIT’s research efforts will contribute to the further validation of the AMOptoMet software for specific applications and materials, like superalloys and nano-functionalised alloy powders for advanced AM processing, and provide useful feedback based on our experience of using the software.”