Hexagon and Raytheon partner to improve AM manufacturing quality
Hexagon and Raytheon Technologies have partnered to provide a simulation tool that will evaluate and optimize metal additive manufacturing (AM) processes through the prediction of thermal history and defects at the scale of the laser path and the powder coat.
Combining technologies from Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division and Raytheon Technologies’ Pratt and Whitney business, the new software will predict defects before the costly and time-consuming printing process begins. This analysis will help designers and engineers to evaluate the printing result and test combinations of materials, geometries and printing processes.
“We have partnered with Raytheon Technologies to provide an intuitive and accessible tool that will help engineers quickly predict and mitigate risk,” said Jeff Robertson, Director of Global Business Development at Hexagon. “The ability to evaluate fully laser powder bed fused (L-PBF) parts at the meso scale will reduce efforts to achieve part certification and thereby support the industrialization of metal 3D printing.”
The software will be made available to a range of companies engaged in additive manufacturing and will complement 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 expertise in additive manufacturing with that of Hexagon, we are bringing to market a solution that helps manufacturers of all levels of experience build better products with greater efficiency,” said David Furrer, principal researcher at Pratt & Whitney for materials and processes.