Streaming in Additive Manufacturing: Analyzing the Impact on the Powder Bed Fusion of Metals Process Chain

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Kolter, M.
Schleifenbaum, J.H.

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University of Texas at Austin


Streaming is a popular concept in the music and movie industry and has helped solve problems related to file distribution, storage capacity and intellectual property protection. In recent years, streaming has also become a research topic for the manufacturing sector, e.g., to collect data for predictive maintenance, advanced machine control concepts, or over-the-air updates. After initial studies have investigated the feasibility of streaming for additive manufacturing technologies, the question how streaming will affect the process chain remains open. In the music and movie industries, new business models and customer experiences have been created, leading to billion-dollar businesses and the creation of companies such as Netflix and Spotify. By drawing parallels from music and media to the AM industry this paper gives an overview of potential innovations fostered by streaming in the domain of Additive Manufacturing (AM) such as file distribution and novel process control possibilities. Furthermore, the impact of these innovations on the process chain is discussed by the example of Powder Bed Fusion of Metals with Laser Beam (PBF-LB/M).


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