Additive Manufacturing by powder bed fusion allows production of high strength parts with complex features, not possible through conventional manufacturing. To experiment and test current theory within laser processing of metal powder, an open and customizable laser scanner platform is developed and constructed. The platform seeks to fully support and enable the laser driven process of selective consolidation metal powder, as most industrially available powder bed fusion machine tools are closed and proprietary systems. This allows the machine tool manufacturer to strictly control how the system is used and therefore maintainstability through limiting the operator to use proprietary software hardware and process materials but unfortunately limits to an equally wide extent how such machine tools can be applied for research purposes as it renders the scientist to become a mere operator of the machine tool. A galvanometer based laser scanning system is here presented. The system was designed to meet a theoretical resolution of 0.009 mm. From inspiration of the use of optomechanical hole plates as reference artefacts for coordinate metrology a test was conducted to verify the accuracy of the laser scanning system. The system was found to perform excellent for relative positioning. Absolute positioning of the laser beam did not conform with design specifications, as the test deviated by0.12mm with respect to the nominal test value, yet this is expected in the future to be met from the implementation of a better galvanometer control system.
|Conference||euspen and ASPE Special Interest Group Meeting: Additive Manufacturing|
|Location||Katholieke Universiteit Leuven|
|Period||10/10/2017 → 11/10/2017|
- Additive manufacturing
- Powder Bed Fusion
- Selective Laser Melting
- Laser Scanning