Integration, data management, material contamination and quality, or powder reuse and traceability are all barriers to success of serial production additive manufacturing. Driving innovative, partner-focused solutions, Carpenter Additive works in cooperation with customers to offer powder management and handling solutions specifically tailored to individual AM processes and facilities.
Operational considerations yield improvement in productivity and overall equipment effectiveness, material waste reduction, and environmental health and safety mitigation with large-scale powder usage. Carpenter Additive’s PowderLife was developed specifically with advanced AM users in mind looking to achieve a series of gains from their AM production program to drive sustainable improvements. The PowderLife solutions portfolio includes
Managing the Full Powder Value Stream. Simply.
Barriers to additive manufacturing industrialization include powder quality and reusability, material handling, and inventory management. Today, these challenges around metal powder are managed through a plurality of systems for tracking inventory with individually populated spreadsheets and paper certificates. These various manual steps increase inefficiencies and offer neither a digital connection for automated traceability throughout the complete process chain nor output data for future predictive analytics.
PowderLife ONLINE from Carpenter Additive aims to address these challenges through a simple to use, secure, cloud-based, digital platform that accommodates materials and machines from all vendors. Serving as the foundation to the AM process, PowderLife ONLINE is a single system designed to govern the entire AM process with the ability to capture the digital thread, and fulfil regulatory requirements to provide documentation for powder reuse, offering a single point of truth for traceability and inventory management throughout the entire lifecycle of the powder.
The PowderLife ONLINE platform acts as the starting block for the digitization journey to integrate other Carpenter Additive digitally-enabled products and software modules such as IoT sensors, RFID, & automation to add further value and drive intelligent decision making, improving economics by taking away the 'best guess' for powder reuse limits and unlocking the potential for further data-driven continuous improvement activities, providing manufacturers with the assurance of the performance and quality of their additive parts together with the confidence of traceability to meet industry requirements.
PowderFlow enables the user to understand their powders and processes further through the measurement of flow of powder. The results enable the end user to determine if their powder will spread effectively throughout the build process in the AM machine.
A portable kit, PowderFlow enables the user to check powder flowability wherever and whenever it’s required. Gain a deeper understanding of powder and be confident in the quality of final build parts.
Not every project is standard. Beyond our PowderRange in-stock offerings, we can size powders and produce materials to meet individual specifications. From a single metal powder test to new alloy development, our experts design and develop novel metal alloys, atomized in-house, in partnership with you.