DNAam Additive manufacturing software
Additive manufacturing is quickly emerging as a disruptive technology in advanced manufacturing sectors by enabling agile manufacture of complex components, whilst significantly reducing material waste.
Companies of all sizes are investing in state-of-the-art additive manufacturing machines. However, ERP systems have failed to keep up with the specialised demands for additive manufacturing.
DNAam manages Additive Manufacture build-planning and provides complete powder traceability, with batch splitting, control of blending and powder recovery management.
It can be used in conjunction with Valuechain's range of DNA production control systems or integrated with your existing ERP system to cater for the specific requirements of additive manufacture.
Build File Management
The build file management function of DNAam allows you to link detailed build files, 3D drawings and programme files to the AM parts. You can even share the correct version to shop floor machines to the latest issue is always in use.
The chemical composition of every powder batch can be recorded, and is easily accessible to your production team and operators as required. Test results for any powder samples or test pieces can also be added, to ensure you know the chemical make-up and oxygen levels before deciding the best batches to blend.
Batch Splitting & Analysis
Whether it is virgin powder or from your powder recovery system, you need to ensure the correct batches are combined in the correct proportions. DNAam generates blend orders with auto-prompts for homogenising powder and sending samples for testing to ensure the whole process is completed correctly and efficiently.
Whether it’s consumables like cathodes and inert gases, or the titanium powder used for your builds, DNAam will maintain full stock details. Attach incoming powder certificates, test results and chemical analysis from your suppliers to each batch you receive.
Should your chemical analysis identify any inclusions or contaminants within your powder, test result details can easily be recorded, and batches can be traced and quarantined to prevent compromised build quality.
DNAam can assist with the implementation of best-practice processes for additive manufacture control. This, along with the issue control of build files and the strict management of powder batches, ensures that quality control is at its highest and quality products will result.
Visible Powder Traceability
With our revolutionary ‘trace’ functionality, you can see where any batch of powder originated, at the touch of a button. See if it has been split, or blended once or many times, and which builds it has been used in – giving you complete traceability.
Tooling & Equipment Management
DNAam enables you to store details of your production equipment, from start plates to blades, and then allocate the correct items to jobs. Specify details such as the Helium levels and the powder slopes that dictate flow rates for individual builds, so all aspects of the process are covered.
Powder Status & Locations
In combination with its location, a batch’s status within the system is used to determine if a powder can be selected for a build, so you can be sure only batches that have been homogenised and passed chemical analysis requirements can be picked.
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