Additive manufacturing data protects IP to accelerate design

Image courtesy of Renishaw plc. Example of an additively-manufactured part.
Intended to overcome the substantial data challenges of developing additively-manufactured parts, Granta Design has announced the release of GRANTA MI:Additive Manufacturing software.

It incorporates industry best practices in managing vital material and process information. According to the company, it helps engineering enterprises protect their investment and IP (intellectual property) in additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) research; build a knowledge-base to understand additive manufacturing processes; reduce time-to-market; and support the qualification and certification of additively-manufactured parts.

Significant investment is being made in research and development programs to realise additive material potential, but this generates huge amounts of data about the structure, properties, and processing of the materials involved. Until now, there has been no easy-to-implement system to capture this data and ensure that it is used effectively across materials suppliers, R&D, part design, simulation, and production. This software provides a single system, based on the GRANTA MI materials information management software, which captures all relevant data, links it, makes it available to any appropriately-authorised user, and ensures full traceability.

The data structure (or 'schema') defines the types of data to be captured in the system, inter-relationships, and how they might be processed. This is then combined with the materials information management tools.

Caroline Hayes

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