This presentation will explain how a small aerospace additive manufacturing company has implemented an engineering system that integrates the customer Technical Data Package (TDP) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) to transform 3D printing into a repeatable process.
The PERFECT-3D division is using additive manufacturing to help create replacement parts for the Air Force. Since much of their work involves advanced materials such as ceramics, there is still much effort in process development and production transition. As a result, the engineering team placed an emphasis on identifying and controlling process variation. The team decided that they needed an engineering system that started with the customer’s TDP and provided a continuous thread that handled requirements and results throughout the part lifecycle.
The resulting ‘Smart TDP’ system is integrated with IIOT and it is providing the team with information that they couldn’t hope to get with traditional tools. This is enabling the team to get quicker insights, solve production problems, and respond to changes in a much more agile manner.
- Describe the process for applying ceramic additive manufacturing for production of a variety of cores and molds for representative aerospace investment casting.
- Demonstrate that the industrial internet of things and digital manufacturing can be efficiently implemented by small additive manufacturing companies.
- Demonstrate that it is essential to leverage advanced digital thread technologies to make additive manufacturing a production-worthy business.