HiETA has developed an integrated value chain approach in recognition that there are critical interdependencies across value chain elements. This is used to deliver:

  • Maximum performance: In heat exchangers, for example, minimum wall thickness and minimum duct hydraulic diameter are key factors determining performance. Minimum wall thicknesses are achieved through a combination of detailed design, data handling and specific machine parameter. Minimum duct hydraulic diameters are driven by powder removal for which local limits and global strategies have been developed
  • Least weight design: Multiple steps have a bearing on design and an understanding of these interdependencies facilitate extreme light weight design
  • Minimum cost: Each step contributes to overall piece part costs and as such reducing the time spent or avoiding costly steps (such as wire erosion of parts from the build plate) contributes to cost competitive solutions
  • Quality assured outcomes: Each step contributes to overall levels of product variability and as such controlling variability at each step is key to the achievement of overall quality outcomes
Hieta AM Value Chain