MaterialCenter supports Additive Manufacturing (AM) by capturing all AM process parameters; including machine, material, build, part, process and post-process information. Additionally, MaterialCenter captures the associated test data from builds, such as part information, test specification and mechanical properties. With the ability to integrate traceable processes, MaterialCenter reduces steps in data analysis, provides the ability to run processes in batch and can automatically validate build, test and design information.
As part of process integration, MaterialCenter allows direct integration of tools to virtually simulate build environments, allowing a virtual to physical comparison of Additive Manufacturing processes.
MaterialCenter provides a flexible schema that is extensible and able to support a broad base of AM processes, including Directed Electron Beam Deposition, Direct Laser Deposition, Powder Bed Fusion and Fused Deposition Modeling. MaterialCenter’s AM schema is designed to enable the storage of all machine parameters with corresponding material properties.
MaterialCenter allows users to quickly search across thousands of material coupon batches in order to find desired optimal material properties. Users can leverage comparison tools, such as material compare and cross plot, in order to optimize machine parameters to produce consistent and reliable components.
These features provide the ability for an AM program to bring consistency to an AM process in order to provide consistent reliable parts by optimizing the manufacturing parameters. Virtual to Physical build comparisons reduce the trial and error approach to setting up a build process. Capturing every build ensure a robust knowledge base for statistical correlation process parameters to part performance and track machine variation over time.