|About this Abstract
||Materials Science & Technology 2019
||Late News Poster Session
||P3-42: Advantages of Open-Source Additive Manufacturing
||Ulf R. Ackelid, Ulric Ljungblad, Patrik Ohldin, Robin Stephansen, Martin Wildheim, Fredrik Ostman
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
||Ulf R. Ackelid
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a business area where most suppliers employ a closed-source approach. Users are constrained to supplier-defined beam scanning patterns, parameters and feedstock. Consequently, academic users cannot uncover the true AM potential.
"Open-source" (OS) refers to product designs that are publicly accessible and free to modify and share. OS was originally a specific way of building computer code, and has evolved into other areas promoting open, collaborative participation and community-oriented development. OS philosophy makes it possible for all members of a business ecosystem to interact and develop products in a shorter time.
Freemelt develops an AM research platform based on Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion, with open access to beam steering and other system functionality. The platform is designed for academia and other high-level users who need maximum freedom in terms of beam control, powders and process monitoring. Freemelt’s open-source philosophy will be detailed in this presentation.