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1. (WO2017194122) RÉGULATION DE LA TEMPÉRATURE AVANT FUSION
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CLAIMS

1 . A method comprising:

measuring the temperature of a fused region and the temperature of an unfused region of a first layer of build material;

determining a preheating setting for a subsequent layer of build material in response to the measured temperature of the unfused region of the first layer;

determining a print instruction for applying print agent to the subsequent layer of build material, wherein the application of print agent prescribed by the print instruction for the subsequent layer is to cause the temperature of the preheated build material to be a predetermined temperature prior to fusion in response to the measured temperature of the fused region of the first layer;

forming the subsequent layer of build material;

preheating the subsequent layer of build material in accordance with the preheating setting; and

selectively applying the print agent onto the subsequent layer based on the print instruction.

2. A method according to claim 1 , wherein the temperature of the unfused region is measured at a plurality of locations within the unfused region.

3. A method according to claim 2, wherein a preheating setting is determined for each of the plurality of locations.

4. A method according to claim 1 , wherein the preheating setting is a duty cycle of a preheating lamp.

5. A method according to claim 1 , wherein the measured temperature of the unfused region is compared with a predetermined preheating temperature and wherein the preheating setting for the subsequent layer is determined based on a difference between the measured temperature and the predetermined preheating temperature.

6. A method according to claim 1 , wherein determining a print instruction for the subsequent layer comprises modifying a predetermined print instruction for the subsequent layer.

7. A method according to claim 1 , wherein the temperature of the fused region is measured at a plurality of locations to form a temperature distribution profile, and wherein the temperature distribution profile is compared with a predicted temperature distribution profile.

8. A method according to claim 1 , wherein determining a print instruction for the subsequent layer comprises determining a schedule for applying print agent to the subsequent layer to cause the temperature of the preheated build material to be the predetermined temperature prior to fusion.

9. A method according to claim 1 , wherein determining a print instruction for the subsequent layer comprises determining a print agent type or composition to cause the temperature of the preheated build material to be the predetermined temperature prior to fusion.

10. A method according to claim 1 , further comprising identifying the fused and unfused regions based on the temperature measurements or on a model of the object.

1 1 . An additive manufacturing apparatus comprising:

a temperature sensor to measure the temperature of a fused region and the temperature of an unfused region of a first layer of build material; and

processing circuitry comprising:

a temperature control module to control the temperature of the build material of a subsequent layer prior to fusion based on the temperature of the fused region and the temperature of the unfused region of the first layer measured by the temperature sensor;

wherein the temperature control module determines a preheating setting for the subsequent layer in response to the measured temperature of the unfused region of the first layer and determines a print instruction for applying print agent to the subsequent layer in order to cause the preheated build material to be a

predetermined temperature prior to fusion in response to the measured temperature of the fused region of the first layer.

12. An additive manufacturing apparatus according to claim 1 1 , wherein the temperature sensor comprises a thermal imaging camera.

13. A machine readable medium comprising instructions which, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to:

determine a preheating setting for a subsequent layer of build material in a layer-wise additive manufacturing process; and

determine a print instruction for applying print agent to the subsequent layer; wherein the preheating setting is determined in response to a measured temperature of an unfused region of a previous layer and the print instruction is determined in order to cause the temperature of preheated build material to be a predetermined temperature prior to fusion in response to a measured temperature of a fused region of the previous layer.

14. A machine readable medium according to claim 13, wherein the print instruction comprises a schedule for the application of print agent over the subsequent layer of build material.

15. A machine readable medium according to claim 14, comprising further instructions which, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to: obtain an optimum schedule that provides a desired temperature distribution over the layer prior to fusion.