Focused on the process, material and structural integrity of AM parts
Research programme
Why are we doing this?
Current AM process limitations * Process with relatively low deposition rate * Materials and alloys not designed for AM * No online monitoring system to guarantee the structural integrity of the built parts
What do we propose?
Using multiple energy sources to increase the deposition rate and achieve net shape finish * Developing new materials and alloys for AM to achieve properties similar or better than the raw material * Using new non-destructive testing techniques to detect defects during part building
How are we going to deliver?
Developing the AM process to work in symbiosis with the material * New materials working in symbiosis with the AM process * Understanding the effect of the defects on the AM parts * Combining non-destructive testing and repairing during the build-up of the AM parts