Kobe Steel had 35 patents in 3D printing during Q1 2024. Kobe Steel Ltd’s patents in Q1 2024 focus on improving the additive manufacturing process. This includes a method for predicting deformation in additively manufactured objects, a shape sensor for detecting defects in weld beads, a fiber-reinforced resin strand for 3D printing, a welding condition setting process for depositing weld beads, and a method for dividing 3D model shapes into layers and bead models for additive manufacturing. These innovations aim to enhance the quality and efficiency of additive manufacturing processes. GlobalData’s report on Kobe Steel gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Kobe Steel had no grants in 3D printing as a theme in Q1 2024.

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Application: Method for predicting deformation of additively manufactured object (Patent ID: US20240102798A1)

The patent filed by Kobe Steel Ltd. describes a deformation prediction method for additively manufactured objects. The method involves dividing the object into blocks, calculating deformation amounts and directions before and after forming weld beads, setting block groups to be joined, and calculating the overall deformation of the group by summing the individual block deformations. The method utilizes parallel processing and the inherent strain method to efficiently predict deformations in the manufacturing process.

The claims of the patent outline the specific steps and features of the deformation prediction method. These include dividing the object using weld beads or deposit bodies, grouping blocks with the same welding conditions, and predicting deformation by summing the block group deformations. The method aims to improve the accuracy of predicting deformations in additively manufactured objects, enhancing the overall quality and efficiency of the manufacturing process.

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