Additive manufacturing has seen growth in manufacturing applications ranging from topology optimized parts for weight reduction, to consolidation of complex multipart assembly. However, the transition from prototyping to small-scale production is slow due to reproducibility, which further adds to time and cost of aerospace qualified materials and print recipes.
Connected quality metrics across the entire process chain, provide a comprehensive solution to address quality at each stage of AM, from the qualification of incoming raw materials, in-process feedback during printing to the final qualification of the finished parts. This unlocks correlation between the process controls and their effect on porosity and crack formation, dimensional tolerances, surface roughness and even microstructure control. The versatility of our solution enables a closed loop solution to identify, isolate and mitigation solutions, thus reducing the development and qualification cost of AM parts in aerospace industry. Such a solutions will help in accelerating production of critical aerospace parts using additive manufacturing.
Pradeep Bhattad, PhD
Business Development Manager
ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions
Pradeep Bhattad works for the ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions division focusing on quality related issues in Additive Manufacturing. He received his Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University and for the past 14 years has worked on the development and implementation of correlative imaging (CT, SEM, Optical etc.) and analysis in Additive Manufacturing and the Oil & Gas industry. His current work, in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Lab, focuses on fast and comprehensive production and inspection workflow using a feedback loop to accelerate the path from concept to production for metal powder bed additive manufacturing.