Why WeBoostAM?

The biggest goal of MGA is to boost AM into industrial series production. To reach it, we need significantly more awareness of our technology in all areas of industry as well as certified production processes and there will certainly never be “enough” new applications.
One fact is clear to all our members: We will not achieve that goal as individual players! So we agreed on sharing our knowledge with everyone interested in Additive Manufacturing, hopefully enabling more companies to adopt the technology and thus increasing its impact on the manufacturing industry.

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Finding a way to share our findings became a key element of our process and we quickly came up with the idea of an open knowledge database. But how do YOU benefit from this?

Are you looking for a service provider specialised in printing Aluminium? Do you need impressions of use cases printed in Steel for your next project? Or are you just missing a standard for testing plastic parts?

 

You will find all this and much more here!

And the best part: The entries are connected to each other via their properties and thus are cross-searchable!

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Based on a filter property model elaborated by the DSC Working group, companies are now able to post successfully implemented AM Use Cases to give AM newcomers orientation and good practice examples for their own start in the field of 3D printing. The newest listing type added to WeBoostAM is our standards library. The Materials WG focus group Technical Standards searched for 300+ technical standards dealing with AM processes and created a framework in which the appropriate standard can be searched for in an easy-to-understand way.

In 2018 the working group Education came up with the idea to create a map based platform with all our network members listed with their own company profiles to later expand and include listings of training courses or job offers. Two years later we launched WeBoostAM.com as a platform for AM knowledge. Based on the member company listings we wanted to create transparency and so we added more listing types step by step.

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The listed companies are all members of the MGA network and according to decisions of the network the platform listings will only include members. So by becoming a member of MGA you will not only benefit from working together with other industry partners in our working groups, you will also get access to WeBoostAM to present your company.

Register here and contact Linus. Your account will then be approved and linked to your company profile.

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The Company listing type lists all MGA network members. You also have the possibility to see them on the map.

Properties:

Manufacturing Process

Listed are the manufacturing processes the company deals with (user) or offers to customers (service provider).

In order to differentiate between the many different processes, we decided to categorize them according to VDI 3405. Of course there are other categorizations of AM technologies, but the VDI version – at the moment – is the most complete one with good differentiation.

Materials

Which materials does your company deal with? The listed materials are not very specific but very general material classes. We listed the most popular metals and also the most common 3D printable polymers as well as the class elastomer and ceramics.

AM Sector

In the network we established a clustering of companies working in the AM industry. We defined 7 different classes all the member companies fit in, the AM Sectors. Of course, companies could belong to more than one sector, but have a main sector to which they are assigned in colour on the map.
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Based on a filter property model elaborated by the DSC Working group, companies are able to post successfully implemented AM Use Cases. This collection is intended to help users to find starting points for their own projects, and to provide inspiration and ideas as to what is possible with Additive Manufacturing and what has already been successfully implemented in industry.

Properties:

Manufacturing Process

Using which additive technology, the part/parts was/were built?
In order to differentiate between the many different processes, we decided to categorize them according to VDI 3405. Of course there are other categorizations of AM technologies, but the VDI version – at the moment – is the most complete one with good differentiation.

Material

The listed materials are not very specific but very general material classes. We listed the most popular metals and also the most common 3D printable polymers as well as the class elastomer and ceramics.

The specific material number, the compound or alloy is also defined in the profile of the Use Case.

Branches

In order to show the range of applications of 3D printed parts, we have defined different industry branches. This should make it easier for users to find Use Cases that are close to their own everyday work and help them to find own printable Use Cases.

Category

3D printed parts are not always “normal” series parts. The technology prevails over conventional processes with other advantages. On the one hand, through the speed of prototyping or in spare parts delivery. But with spare parts, just as with mass customisation or the production of tools, it is also the financial advantage in small series that makes Additive Manufacturing superior.

Why 3D printing - Properties:

Driver

When it comes to the motivation for printing a specific part instead of conventionally producing it, there are different drivers. In the most cases today, it’s because of the reduced lead time, clear reduction of weight or costs or the geometrical benefits which could be achieved through printing and for example improve the part performance.

Intervention

What did your company do for achieving the advantages in the product (e.g. the reduction of weight or costs)?

Outcome

Of course the outcomes should be matching with the drivers. But we recognised, that in many Use Cases there are even more positive effects through printing, which were “for free”. For example a spare part, which was ordered 3D printed because of the better price in small series (Driver). But when designing it, it was also improved in terms of durability, so it will brake less often.

Enablers

Were there any enablers that were important to implement the project in this way? Was there a strong partner who helped with their knowledge or were there trainings that led to a change of mindset among the staff?

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We are all aware of the fact, that missing standards and qualification for the printing processes are the biggest hurdles for our technology. But there are already standards that can be used in dealing with AM processes. However, the search for them is difficult because the standardisation authorities have their own databases or certain standards are not explicitly geared to AM and are therefore hard to find.
To solve this problem, a focus group of the Materials working group has compiled AM-relevant standards and come up with a filter logic that allows a quick overview of the standards landscape in AM.

Properties:

Manufacturing Process

To which technology is the standard related or in which can it be used.

In order to differentiate between the many different processes, we decided to categorize them according to VDI 3405. Of course there are other categorizations of AM technologies, but the VDI version – at the moment – is the most complete one with good differentiation.

Material

In some cases, the standard is limited to the use of specific materials or groups of materials. Sometimes the standard is technology-specific and thus limited to specific materials. We listed the most popular metals and also the most common 3D printable polymers as well as the class elastomer and ceramics.

Branches

In order to show the range of applications of 3D printed parts, we have defined different industry branches. This should make it easier for users to find standards that are close to their own use in daily work and help them to make printing a little bit easier.

Use of Standard

We have so many standard listings and of course not every single one is a classical norm. We also listed guidelines, test methods, qualifications, data sheets, certifications, etc.

Scope

In order to find the right standards quickly, it is important to know the scope of application.

AM-specific

As said before, just a few standards are AM-specific. Many of these are general standards, which are already being used in dealing with AM.  

Status

In order to present the database as informative and up-to-date as possible, we have also included standards that are currently not yet published but only in process or still in a draft stage.  

Publisher

The collected standards are from very different sources and are intended to represent the entire standard landscape. For this purpose, we have collected standards from all relevant standardisation bodies, which can also be filtered by.