Integrated Computational Adaptive Additive Manufacturing

Digital Twin & Digital Thread for Additive Manufacturing

The Digital Twin and Digital Thread for Additive Manufacturing

Digital Twin and Digital Thread

Digital Twin and Digital Thread

iCAAM 2.0 promises a cohesive virtual representation of your 3D printed parts from the powder used for manufacturing all the way to in-service loading. A digital twin is a virtual representation of a physical component. For iCAAM 2.0, this means a comprehensive representation of your part and the path taken to produce this part. The path to producing the part is the digital thread and will capture the differences between two seemingly identical parts due to things like processsing, position on build plate, heat treatment, etc.

Additive Qualification

Additive Qualification

iCAAM 2.0 offers a path to model-based qualification of additively manufactured components. By referencing the digital thread of your part, a user can rapidly determine whether or not their part will meet the qualification criteria for its end application.

For additive qualification, this means tracking everything from the serial number of the 3D printer, to the lot number of the powder, to the final application and beyond.

Design for Additive

Design for Additive

Using the same models and tools that determine qualification, a user design the best additive part for a particular use case given a starting geometry. Setting up this problem allows the user to get responsive information from iCAAM 2.0 to guide material selection, build orientation, scanning strategy, processing parameters, heat treatment, and topology optimization.

iCAAM 2.0 puts the power in the designer's hands to determine how to manufacture their part for their use case.

iCAAM 2.0 Modules

iCAAM 2.0 Modules

iCAAM 2.0 is a collection of algorithms, databases, optimization routines, machine learning and AI. Each tool in iCAAM 2.0's portfolio can be accessed individually. There are many modules including but not limited to; process parameter optimization, heat treatment optimization, build orientation optimization, prediction of residual stresses, topology optimization, microstructure prediction, location specific yield surface prediction, location specific fatigue life prediction, and more.

Digital Twin & Digital Thread

iCAAM 2.0 is the framework for managing digital twin and digital thread data for Additive Manufacturing. When producing an additively manufactured component, there are myriad metadata of various forms that need to be recorded and tracked. iCAAM 2.0 offers the first comprehensive digital twin and digital thread framework for additive manufacturing that allows its users to create a virtual copy of their physical part. The digital twin is the virtual representation of the physical part, and the digital thread is the path that follows the part's history from the powder it was produced using, to any process defects that may have formed during manufacture, to its monitored in-service use.

Digital Twin

Digital Thread

iCAAM AM Qualification

Qualification for Additive Manufacturing

Qualifying additive manufactured parts for in-service use requires a level of data pedigree and detail that can make the task feel daunting, however, iCAAM 2.0 offers a path to qualification that does the hard work for you. As standards for qualification are coming to light via agencies like NIST or NASA, iCAAM 2.0 is responding rapidly to include the latest requirements storing all the information in a single framework, greatly simplifying the process.

In order to qualify additive parts, the entire part's history must be recorded and analyzed, iCAAM 2.0 is the conduit that will empower the designer.

Designing Components in iCAAM 2.0

Designing parts for additive manufacturing is essential to obtaining optimal results. iCAAM 2.0 offers tools that empower the designer to start with the end in mind. Define your loading cases; required strength and fatigue life; any requirements for part dimensions and weight; and an initial geometry, and iCAAM 2.0 will determine a series of Pareto Fronts from which the designer can chose their performance.

There are so many facets to producing an additively manufactured part that will meet a design goal (powder size, shape, and distribution; processing parameters, hatching strategy, temperature for substrate; part orientations; material heat treatment and post-processing HIP; etc), let iCAAM 2.0 do the heavy lifting so that you can focus on making design decisions.



iCAAM 2.0 Modules

Every single tool available in iCAAM 2.0 is used in the AM Qualification framework, and the designer has access to every module in the Design Framework All of these tools can be used individually to empower Designers and Engineers working with Additive Manufacturing.