As 3D printing systems undergo technological advancements, their appeal to mainstream manufacturing industries results in the production of large build-volume 3D printers. This leads to an increase in the initial volume of powdered material required in the powder-bed to carry out a print job. This increases the total cost incurred to the user, especially during new material development for 3D printing processes of novel, industry relevant metals and alloys.
This technology focuses on the design and utilization of an adaptive build envelope assembly for powder-bed 3D printing systems. It aims to reduce the powder consumption for a particular build height, when the actual usage does not require coverage of the entire build volume for preliminary sample deposition.
This technology comprises of:
This assembly has been designed to fit in any powder-bed 3D printing system without causing any permanent damage to the original build envelope. Simple variations to the design can be carried out to cater to the needs of the users