MI:Additive Manufacturing Is Software for High End Manufacturing Processes

Share this Article

Additive manufacturing requires software solutions to overcome the often and complex data challenges involved in developing additively made parts.  Now Granta – through their experience in a range of additive manufacturing projects which incorporate industry best practices in managing vital material and process information – has created “MI:Additive Manufacturing,” a single system based on GRANTA MI materials information management software.

Image 41GRANTA MI captures all relevant data, links it, makes it available to any appropriately-authorized user, and ensures full traceability. Granta was a major participant in the AMAZE project – a multinational collaboration by 28 corporations and research institutions focused on developing the rapid production of large, additively-manufactured metallic components.

“MI:Additive Manufacturing combines our core strength in materials information management with practical knowledge of Additive Manufacturing data gained from our collaborative projects, and work with some of our leading customers,” says Dr Patrick Coulter, chief operating officer at Granta Design. “The great news is that this will allow us to help many other customers who have expressed an interest in Additive Manufacturing, and have been asking us for a solution to manage their data in this area.”

AM-Template-V1-500Granta technology captures and securely shares knowledge on materials, processes, and properties. This enables efficient comparison of data, improvement of production knowledge, refinement of processes, integration of simulation activities, and improved coordination of the R&D program.

Now they say MI:Additive Manufacturing helps engineering enterprises by protecting their investment and intellectual property in AM research, builds an in-depth knowledge-base, significantly reduces time-to-market by avoiding wasted effort and supports the qualification and certification of additively-manufactured parts.

The AM process generates enormous amounts of data about the structure, properties and processing of the materials involved, and until the advent of MI:Additive Manufacturing, an easy-to-implement system to capture data and integrate it has been lacking. This new software aims to connect materials suppliers, R&D, part design, simulation and production elements in a seamless manner.

Image 40Granta says it works like this. A typical workflow using MI:Additive Manufacturing starts with the importation of ‘logfiles’ from various AM machines. The system automatically stores process parameters, extracts logged data for specific builds, links the information to supplier data on the batches of material used, and captures testing and inspection results.

Coulter says the data can feed into statistical analysis to determine mechanical properties which can be exported to simulation codes and used in optimizing part design and production.  He says MI:Additive Manufacturing improves efficiency for many of the individual tasks in AM processes and research, and supports collaboration, sharing knowledge and increasing effectiveness across a whole program.

The heart of the system is what Granta calls a ‘schema’ which is used to define the types of data to be captured in the system, their inter-relationships, and how they might be processed.

Granta develops software for managing materials and process information in engineering enterprises and they serve sectors from aerospace, defense, energy, medical devices, automotive, motorsports, industrial equipment, materials production and publishing.

Have you ever worked with high-end manufacturing software like MI:Additive Manufacturing? Tell us about your experience in the MI:Additive Manufacturing Software forum thread on 3DPB.com.

Share this Article


Recent News

3D Printing Startup Markforged to Go Public via SPAC Merger with Blank-Check Firm

Mantle Comes out of Stealth with Hybrid Bound Metal 3D Printing Technology



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

3D Printing News Briefs, February 24, 2021: Auburn University, Vector Photonics, Siemens Energy, Omegasonics, Bugatti, Hackaday

We’re starting with some business in 3D Printing News Briefs today, talking about Auburn University’s Additive Manufacturing Accelerator and Vector Photonics leading the BLOODLINE consortium, which I promise isn’t as...

Sponsored

The Future of Bound Metal 3D Printing for ExOne

Bound metal 3D printing is becoming one of the most productive metal additive manufacturing (AM) technologies for creating high-performance parts on-site. One of the few firms pioneering this emerging technology...

Sponsored

Studio System 2: Desktop Metal is excited to announce the second generation of the Studio System.

With a simplified, two-step process, the Studio System 2 is the easiest way to print complex, high-quality metal parts in your office.1 Origins of the Studio System When it was...

Featured

ExOne (XONE) Releases Office-Friendly Bound Metal 3D Printer

The competition in Binder Jet is heating up. Just a week ago, Desktop Metal (NYSE: DM) announced the two-step bound metal Studio 2 System. By eliminating one step of the...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.