Inert gas flow is a crucial element of Laser Powder Bed Fusion process control and achieving the desired part quality and consistency across the build plate. This challenge scales with the LPBF system’s chamber size, number of lasers and the applied laser power, which influence the rate with which process emissions are produced. Would you like to discover on how important the design of the flow configuration is in Additive Manufacturing? Read our white paper “Size matters: How designing the flow configuration in large frame systems is vital when pushing the boundaries of productivity in Additive Manufacturing” and get one step closer to becoming a productivity leader yourself: https://www.additiveindustries.com/white-paper
In this paper we will not only explore the Additive Industries design approach of the gas flow sub system with the aid of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), but also the influence of this optimal gas flow configuration, on part quality and consistency across the full 420 x 420 x 400 [mm] build area of the MetalFAB1.