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Dyndrite and UPM partner on 3D printing build plate development

Using data intelligence, UPM Additive Solutions and Dyndrite will create 'smart' metal build plates

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Dyndrite, providers of the core Accelerated Computation Engine (ACE) and Application Development Kit (ADK) used to create next-generation digital manufacturing hardware and software, and UPM Additive Solutions, a supplier of metal build plates for the additive industry, have entered into a joint agreement to create ‘smart’ metal build plates for metal 3D printing.

The build plate lays the foundation for every printed part. However, most users do not record key data that can help improve the lifecycle of build plates. Without this information, for example, Laser Powder Bed Fusion users face an increased risk of powder leveling issues, internal fatigue, and plate warpage that can lead to lost time and costly build failures.

“UPM is excited to partner with Dyndrite and its metal users to unlock the keys to build plate life,” said Chris Prue, from UPM Additive Solutions. “Through data, we can put knowledge in the hands of the user to raise throughput and reduce failures. Build plate usage data helps customers understand and manage their usage and demand for plates to keep costs low while keeping inventory available to reduce downtime. Through smart build plates and a reliable supply chain, we can collectively mature and grow the industry.”

“For the AM production industry to scale we must develop new tools to enable it. By working with UPM and leveraging the power of machine data we can accelerate learning, improve predictability, and grow,” said Harshil Goel, founder and CEO of Dyndrite. “Through insights of the data we allow users to make less risky decisions on their build plates to assure success.”

UPM currently offers subscription-based services to track build plates – from the initial manufacture, to the customer, through to refurbishment. Each plate is serialized and maintains accessible quality inspection data. Smart Build Plate customers can view build data associated with each plate from the machine (pre-heat, laser power, powder melted, heat treatment, stress relief) along with other conditions that the build plate will be exposed to.

The UPM Smart Build Plate service will support all major metal 3D printer OEMs, including Aconity, EOS, Renishaw, and SLM Solutions, and is expected to roll out in Q3 2023.

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