3D printing in metal is an innovative technology that has many benefits to the manufacturing industry. However, it is not without challenges. One of the major challenges of printing with metal powders is getting the correct orientation and support structures to ensure a successful print. Countless hours are spent analyzing how and where a part should be placed on the build platform. Multiple orientation options are tested, printed and analyzed to ensure the printed parts meet design specifications. It can be a difficult process that takes time and resources.
Luckily the smart people at Atlas 3D developed a product, named Sunata™, that reduces the time it takes to obtain the correct part orientation. Using patent-pending Thermal Circuit Network (TCN) technology, Atlas 3D’s objective is to save both time and money by automating the process to optimize additive manufacturing.
With Sunata™ you can directly import your 3D file to their cloud-based system and with a few clicks automatically receive the optimal orientation and necessary support structures. It seemingly takes minimal effort, but in the background, Sunata™ is parsing through over a hundred different scenarios before it gives you the optimum orientation, corresponding support structures, amount of sintered material needed and total print time. Another great feature of Sunata™ is the ability to scale and prioritize attributes such as print times and understand the compromise. You can choose minimal part distortion with a longer print time or marginal distortion with a shorter print time.
We are proud to say that we are currently utilizing the Sunata platform with our EOS M290 3D printer. We strive to provide quality additively manufactured parts in the most efficient way possible – with Atlas 3D Sunata™ we are doing just that.