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Simulation Tool to Improve 3D Printing Build Quality



Hexagon and Raytheon Technologies have partnered to deliver a simulation tool that will enable evaluation and optimization of metal additive manufacturing (AM) processes through the prediction of thermal history and defects at the laser path and powder laser scale.

Combining technologies from Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence division and Raytheon Technologies' Pratt and Whitney business, the new software will predict defects before the expensive and time-consuming printing process begins. This analysis will help designers and engineers evaluate the print outcome and test combinations of materials, geometries and print processes.

"We have partnered with Raytheon Technologies to deliver an intuitive and accessible tool that will help engineers quickly predict and mitigate risks," said Jeff Robertson, Hexagon's Director of Global Business Development. "The ability to evaluate full laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF) parts on the meso-scale will reduce the effort to achieve part certification and thereby support industrialization of metal 3D printing."

The software will be made available to a range of companies engaged in AM and will be complementary to Hexagon's existing Simufact Additive tool. The similarity to the existing user interface will allow easy integration into existing manufacturing processes by users without the need for extensive training.

"By combining our AM expertise with Hexagon's, we are bringing a solution to market that helps manufacturers with all levels of experience make better products with greater efficiency," said David Furrer, Pratt & Whitney Senior Fellow for Materials and Processes.

For more information contact:

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

250 Circuit Drive

North Kingstown, RI 02852

401-886-2000

www.hexagonmi.com

Raytheon Technologies

1000 Wilson Blvd.

Arlington, VA 22209

866-729-6271

products@raytheon.com

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