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Dyndrite and Novanta Working Together to Enhance Laser-Based AM Metal Printing Machine Capabilities

Companies to create proof-of-concept allowing Dyndrite software to directly generate low-level scanning trajectories for use with Novanta hardware

Allows Dyndrite software to directly write advanced laser toolpath to better control single or multi-optic Novanta laser systems * Enables Novanta customers to make full use of advanced capabilities of its Firefly 3D and Lightning™ II solutions * Opens up “Materials and Parameter” developers to develop highly advanced strategies to unlock improvements in material microstructures

Dyndrite™, providers of the GPU-accelerated computation engine used to create next-generation digital manufacturing hardware and software, announced a collaboration with Novanta Corporation (“Novanta”) in support of their Firefly 3D and Lightning™ II laser beam steering solutions. The companies will collaborate on a proof-of-concept that will allow Dyndrite software to directly generate low-level scanning trajectories for Novanta hardware. This provides users of Dyndrite Additive CAM software the ability to generate very fine resolution scanner trajectories, which makes full use of the advanced functions and underlying power of the laser scanner hardware.

Novanta’s high-precision scanning solutions, used in a wide variety of laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) machines, are often not fully utilized by standard trajectory strategies. Novanta scanning solutions are often capable of being operated at much higher levels of performance with a wider range of scan strategies than often made available to the open market today.

Engineered as an enclosed, compact solution to enable multi-headed machine architectures with up to 100% overlap, Firefly 3D is the ideal solution for today’s serial production high throughput additive manufacturing machines. Incorporated within the design are features to simplify installation and operation including features such as precise monitoring of the additive manufacturing process and synchronised process and motion data.

“High-performance scanners such as Novanta’s Firefly 3D and Lightning™ II are designed with smart technology to predict their own capabilities and limits,” said Simon Matthias, Technical Business Development Manager, Novanta. “This informs the controlling hardware how best they can be driven to allow full use of the scanners’ complete bandwidth. We’ve seen what is possible from a materials and process standpoint with Dyndrite and knew working with them would unlock the full potential of our scanners.”

Parameter and scanning pattern development is a massive undertaking when qualifying new materials and machines. For this reason, often there is a conservatism that leads users and developers of machines, and the software that drive them, to stay within traditional approaches, relying on standardized scanning patterns such as checkerboard or similar hatch-based approaches. The result is often a reduction in efficiency and the missed potential of realizing improvements in material microstructures.

Dyndrite aims to disrupt this traditional model of parameter development by providing unprecedented software power, freedom and control over the scanner. These controls and algorithms can leverage the power of the underlying hardware to deliver more efficient, less costly machine design and better process interactions which can lead to better material properties and accelerated build rate.

“Dyndrite was formed as we saw that the manufacturing hardware had outpaced the software,” said Harshil Goel, CEO, Dyndrite. “Our work with Novanta is one step closer to reversing this industry-stifling trend. We look forward to working with the Novanta team and showcasing the combined power of our solutions.”


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