By Sage Wagner, Summer Intern

This is my second summer interning for Sentient Science. As a student at the Florida Institute of Technology, I’ve been expanding my understanding of materials science, physics and tribology working with Sentient’s team of engineers.

This summer, my focus has been on additive manufacturing. My job is to run simulations that identify defects and hot spots during the layering process of additive manufactured parts. Sentient’s goal is to provide software analysis to AM design engineers using DigitalClone software.

DigitalClone is digital twin technology that applies materials science, multi-body dynamic physics and tribology to understand the material properties of components and parts. DigitalClone predicts AM component life by simulating the part using loading and operating conditions expected in field applications. The software identifies areas of failure risk before the part is printed.

The software analyzes the material properties of the metal powders and the layering process, simulating laser temperature, speed and design parameters to identify defects that may occur during the printing process.

Computational testing of the design in simulation reduces the risk of defect without having to print, test, redesign, and print again. This saves production time, costs and resource allocation. All the while, improving the quality of the AM parts and enabling more AM parts to be used in production.

For more information, view this webinar.