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Distortion Reduction and Elimination for Additive Manufacturing – DREAM

Type: Active Collaborative Project funded by InnovateUK

Competition: Connected digital additive manufacturing

Partners: TWI, Materialise, Nquiringminds

The DREAM project will address the challenge of distortion in Selective Laser Melting (SLM) manufactured components through a multidisciplinary digital approach, coupling real-time data acquisition, advanced modelling, cloud-based computing, and adaptive machine process parameter control to achieve zero-distortion builds, independent of powder supplier and machine manufacturer. The software, hardware, and cloud-based solution will allow internet-enabled machines and systems to identify distortion during the build process and make real-time decisions and forecasts about process parameter controls to mitigate and control distortion during the build process. The outcomes will result in cost reduction, higher material utilisation, improved quality assurance, and reduced design cycle times in the SLM process chain.

Granta Design is developing the data exchange strategy with machine and modelling tools for the transmission of process parameters and distortion correction.