Using Digital Twins to Advance Additive Manufacturing Processes Webinar

Available to view On Demand 

Additive manufacturing (AM) is an inherently digital technology, with virtual models and simulations available to inform every aspect of the manufacturing process. As the home of the United Kingdom’s National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM), the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is part of the DRAMA project consortium working to assist aerospace manufacturers realise the benefits offered by metal powder-bed AM. Part of this work includes the development and linking of virtual tools to create a "digital twin" of the entire metal powder-bed process chain. This will enable much greater optimisation of parts, processes, machines, and facilities, improving the cost-effectiveness of powder-bed technology and its value to the industry.

In this webinar, Adam Roberts, a research engineer at MTC, will discuss the development of digital twins for use in metal additive manufacturing. The webinar will focus on a factory-level digital twin and the use of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software to predict the temperature and humidity throughout an AM facility. Adam will demonstrate a COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation application that allows users to reconfigure facility geometry and operating conditions (for example, by importing measured data from sensors) and solve for temperature and humidity. The aim of the simulation application is to automate the process of importing facility data and running simulations so that corrective action can be taken based on simulation results, and the simulation application can become part of a digital twin.

This presentation will include a live demonstration and a Q&A session during which you can ask questions.

Adam Roberts
Research Engineer
The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)
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Robbie Balcombe
Technical Director
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