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“Open case” study

The development and additive manufacturing (AM) of a part for the aeronautics sector: research and industry team up

A project that draws on all the expertise of the Research and Development Committee

We designed this “open case” study to illustrate the essential steps in the process, from the identification and manufacture of a part suitable for AM to the verification of its functional quality. Our goal is to share our information and knowledge with industries.

This project will help us identify areas for improvement with regard to training, benchmarking, and the value chain. It will also focus our research and development efforts and facilitate implementation of metal AM technology in Québec’s industrial sector.

The metal AM “open case” will also become a go-to source for these four Réseau Québec-3D advisory committees:

  • Value Chain Creation Committee
  • Highly-skilled Workforce Training Committee
  • International Benchmarking Committee
  • Research and Development Committee

We selected metal AM because this process can produce high value-added AM products while providing a significant number of technological challenges that will require the involvement of the greatest number of experts.

The development table below is useful for tracking progress.

Development steps

Timeline

Managers

Organizations

Dec-15

Jan-16

Feb-16

Mar-16

Apr-16

May-16

1. Specifications

X

 

 

 

 

 

A. Diavalle / C. Trudel

Héroux-Devtek

2. Design/Optimization for AM

 

 X
3D Image

 

 

 

 

P. Terriault

ÉTS

3. Powder preparation

 

 X

 

 

 

 

R. Dolbec

Tekna Plasma Systems

4. Thermal manufacture and treatment

 

 

 

 

 

 

V. Brailovski / D. Lépine / E. Lavoie / G. Marin

ÉTS / CRIQ / IREQ / CMQ

5. Interaction: processing-microstructure- residual constraints

 

 

 

 

 

 

M. Brochu

McGill University

6. Machining

 

 

 

 

 

 

C. Chanal

Fusia

7. Surface finishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

L. Hof

Concordia University

8. Microstructural analysis

 

 

 

 

 

 

S. Turenne / G. L'Esperance

Polytechnique

9. NDT (2D X-ray)

 

 

 

 

 

 

G. Marin / A. Bois-Brochu

CMQ

10. NDT/Metrology (Micro CT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

M. Martin

IMI

11. Presentation of results

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

Réseau Québec-3D

 

A unique approach toward sharing and discovering the key steps in the production of a metal additive manufacturing part

Thanks to Research and Development Committee coordinator Vladimir Brailovski for initiating this AM part development project and for sharing the resulting knowledge. We are also grateful to the organizations involved in the “open case” study, which made this collective project possible either through the participation of their experts and/or their financial support.

Étudiants

ÉTS students associated with production timeline step 2 (Design and Optimization) in conversation with Réseau Québec-3D advisory committee coordinators.

From left to right: Linda Neault, Coordinator of the Highly-Skilled Workforce Training Committee; Anatole Timercan; Morgan Letenneur; Mathieu Dumas; and Julie Paquin, Coordinator of the Value Chain Creation Committee.