3D printing and artificial intelligence (AI) are now being merged to develop alloys with new properties resulting in unheard of components. Henning Fehrmann, founder of the Fehrmann Tech Group, is the honorary spokesperson of the 3D Printing Network, and founded BlueSc.AI as a new corporate division in summer 2020. Dr. Achim Tappe, Chief Digital Officer (CDO) is among the data science and AI experts at the helm.
“3D printing is a unique means of producing individually optimised components in an environment-friendly manner,” said Tappe. However, many factors have to be accounted for to come up with an ideal result. “It is actually a highly complex process. The choice of material, parameters, influences during melting and atomisation and the subsequent heat treatment are pivotal as they all interact with each other.” Manual tests cost time and money.
“So we rely on AI and a digital twin to calculate the perfect composition of component-specific metal alloys in a cost-saving, quick manner.” Smart instead of big data A digital twin creates a computer model that behaves exactly like the real process. “Computers are getting better and better at this, but creating a realistic image is not easy,” said Tappe, as the process is based on quantitative and qualitatively sufficient amounts of data and there are limits to that. “At present, we are working with smart rather than big data and have to keep falling back on assumptions,” he added. Tappe’s previous work included stints at NASA, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, AKKA Technologies, Big Yonder and Aurubis. The Fehrmann Tech Group […]
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