Publisher DOI: 10.1016/j.cirpj.2017.05.002
Title: Development of an adaptive, self-learning control concept for an additive manufacturing process
Language: English
Authors: Renken, Volker 
Albinger, Stephan 
Goch, Gert 
Neef, Arne 
Emmelmann, Claus 
Keywords: Additive manufacturing;Closed-loop control;In-process monitoring;Laser beam melting;Selective laser melting;Self-learning
Issue Date: Nov-2017
Source: CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology (19): 57-61 (2017-11)
Journal or Series Name: CIRP journal of manufacturing science and technology 
Abstract (english): Error avoidance in high-precision manufacturing processes becomes more important for numerous state-of-the-art technologies. Selective laser melting is one of these technologies offering large potentials in the production of complex and flexible metal products. As the technology is relatively new, it is vulnerable for errors, given that the process parameters are not measured yet. A novel multilevel control concept, incorporating several sensors, has the potential to reduce errors significantly. For inner cascade control, the laser power will be adjusted by measurements with an intensity sensor for wavelengths in the visible range. This sensor is integrated into the optical path of the laser beam. An adapted self-learning strategy supports the stability of the process by updating the parameters of the used multidimensional model in order to attenuate environmental influences or shifts within the process. This work presents the concept of the control approach, first measurement results and the required relations between measurement, process and control parameters.
ISSN: 1755-5817
Institute: Laser- und Anlagensystemtechnik G-2 
Type: (wissenschaftlicher) Artikel
Funded by: European Community's Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement no. FP7-285030
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