Engineers trying to keep track of the ever-ballooning number of materials and machines for AM and 3D printing now have some relief. The free, searchable Senvol Database has data on more than 350 machines and 450 different materials, and has been called the first and only one of its kind for industrial 3DP and AM.
Users can search by more than 30 different fields, such as machine manufacturer; machine build size; AM process; material type; material manufacturer; and mechanical, thermal, and physical properties such as tensile strength or glass trandition temperature. The database comprises two different sections: one for materials and one for machines.
For both sections, no single search field is required. Users can fill out as much or as little information as they prefer. Instructions for the materials portion say, “For example, if you only want to search for Stratasys materials, you can do that. Or, if you only want to search for materials that have a tensile strength of at least 50 mPa, you can do that, too. Or you can even search multiple fields at once (e.g. you can search for titanium materials that have an elongation at break of at least 8%).” … (read more)