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Depowdering in New Space: A Game-Changer for Unlimited Part Design in Additive Manufacturing

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In which way does automated depowdering push the limits of 3D printing rocket parts? Why are rocket parts such a challenge in printing and postprocessing? And what are the impacts of algorithmic depowdering? 

Morf3D and Solukon have jointly investigated how automated depowdering pushes the boundaries of 3D printable metal parts, paving the way to a real freedom in part design.

Only if even the finest channels of a rocket engine or combustion chamber are free of powder (which is achieved through automated depowdering in the first place), components are ready for serial production and the space race is on. 

In the presentation, Michael and Franck will propose a generic use case that includes challenging features like gyroid structures, thin walls and intricate internal channels. Those complex structures are difficult to print, mainly due to the thermo-mechanical deformations and the need of supporting structures that require a significant amount of engineering work to be minimized. Besides the challenges faced during the build process, the companies will also provide insights into intelligent depowdering. In a comparative analysis Michael and Franck will examine automated depowdering through a software algorithm in comparison to manual teaching of the depowdering system. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of depowdering in order to push the boundaries of printable geometries in AM for Aerospace.
  • Understand that depowdering is a vital step to guarantee repeatable results in AM production.
  • Adapt learnings from the use case to their own production line challenges.

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