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Netfabb Simulation Research & Validation: Moving Source

Kimberly Stout
June 12, 2018

Since 2012, over $7.3M USD has been spent validating the Netfabb Simulation solver predictions by comparing them with the experimental results for hundreds of design cases/geometries.

Moving-Source Simulation

Description: An experimental setup was designed to allow for the measurement of in situ temperature and distortion during the Powder Bed Fusion deposition process. The measurement results were used to validate the moving-source model predictions from Netfabb Simulation.


Figure 6.1: Experimental setup used to capture the in situ temperature and distortion. A hollow aluminum box referred to as ‘the Vault’  (top left) is instrumented with a displacement sensor (DVRT) and thermocouples (bottom left). The Vault fits into the build chamber of an EOS or Renishaw printer (top right). The sensors attach to a small, 1 mm thick build plate which distorts during the build (bottom right).


Figure 6.2: In situ distortion measurement trend. When the heat source turns on, the top of the built plate thermally expands, resulting in an upward distortion. When the molten material cools and contracts, the top of the build plate is pulled into compression, resulting in a downward distortion.**



Figure 6.3: Calculated temperature and distortion compared with in situ measurements.

Conclusions: Netfabb Simulation is able to accurately calculate temperature and distortion measured during the Powder Bed Fusion process. The final calculated distortion is within 5% error of the measurement.

*Results shown in this section have been peer reviewed and published: Denlinger, Erik R., et al. “Thermomechanical model development and in situ experimental validation of the Laser Powder-Bed Fusion process.” Additive Manufacturing 16 (2017): 73-80.

**Dunbar, A. J., et al. “Development of experimental method for in situ distortion and temperature measurements during the laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing process.” Additive Manufacturing 12 (2016): 25-30.

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Kimberly Stout

I am a Social Media & Community Manager, focused on the topics of Generative Design, Additive Manufacturing, and Autodesk's vision for the Future of Making Things.