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Benefits of In-Situ Monitoring in Metal Additive Manufacturing

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Metal Additive Manufacturing processes such as Directed Energy Deposition (DED) can produce complex geometries with incredible benefits for applications, but there are challenges between concept design and producing a part. In order to create quality, repeatable parts, in-process monitoring can be utilized to both collect data and control the build process. With Directed Energy Deposition, various monitoring and control modes are available to reduce parameter development times, improve build quality, and limit operator input during a build. These control modes include melt pool, powder flow, laser power, and geometric monitoring and control. These control modes not only significantly reduce the process parameter development cycle, but also result in a higher quality build to include density and material properties.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand techniques used for in-process monitoring in metal additive manufacturing
  • Determine if a particular application could benefit from in-process monitoring
  • Discuss the benefits and challenges of directed energy deposition and compare to other technologies