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In cooperation with ASTM International (a nongovernmental standardization organization), the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (Fraunhofer ILT) has begun work to standardize the monitoring of machine condition in laser beam powder-bed fusion (LB-PBF) systems. Fraunhofer ILT is selecting and qualifying imaging sensor technology that can be used to specifically monitor the condition of the 3D-printing systems.
Additionally, the institute is deriving cost-reducing recommendations for end users of the technology. Fraunhofer ILT aims to help end users independently assess the condition of optical systems and to plan maintenance cycles based on data regarding the actual condition of the system.