Filling a Void - Article - ANSYS Advantage - V12 I3
Metal additive manufacturing enables production of complex metal parts that meet mechanical property specifications without the need for costly tooling. In addition, parts can be made in small batches or even manufactured on a “one-off” basis. Computed tomography (CT) scanning can be used to identify defects such as voids or inclusions that can occur in parts created through metal additive manufacturing, but in the past there was no way to determine how these manufacturing byproducts might affect performance. A new process has been developed to convert CT images into finite element models that can be used to predict the mechanical properties of as-manufactured parts.