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Features and Benefits of In-Situ Monitoring of Additive Manufacturing Processes

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Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a rapidly growing field and is expected to reach a

$70B market share by 2030 with an average compound annual growth of 20.24%. Even with the advancement in machines and materials, the adoption of technology is hindered due to the stochastic nature of the evolution of defects. Identification of defects in real-time is the first step towards making technology more reliable, cost-effective, and robust. A lot of machine data is generated during the printing process and increasing attention has been devoted by researchers and AM hardware providers to analyze this data for the development of real-time monitoring solutions. However, there is a lack of understanding of end-user needs and challenges with respect to real-time monitoring, leading to its limited adoption.

A survey of experienced AM users related to the monitoring of AM processes conducted by Addiguru in partnership with The Barnes Global Advisors group provides a holistic view. It covers the most commonly used sensors, the economic value of real-time monitoring as well as challenges in the adoption of in-situ monitoring systems. In addition to insights on the current state of monitoring, the survey also uncovered features that AM users desire in a real-time monitoring solution, providing AM solution providers and the RAPID+TCT audience with a deep understanding of end-user needs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, participant will be able to understand what his colleagues and friends are thinking about in-situ or real-time monitoring.
  • Upon completion, participant will be able to understand how he/she can benefit from real-time
  • Upon completion, participant will be able to come up with their own ideas for real-time monitoring.