Integrating Simulation in 3D Metal Printing
The companies Materialise and Simufact Engineering have announced an OEM license agreement. Through this collaboration, users of Materialise Magics will be able to better manage the preparation process of their construction processes by using Simufact simulation within their familiar data preparation environment.
Today simulations require expert knowledge to predict the highly complex AM process. Simufact's simulation experience and Materialise's expertise across the entire 3D printing process are combined to create a direct and simple workflow for users of Magics who want to use the simulation in their process. In addition, support structures are now shown by means of the functionalities of Materialise Magic within the Simufact Additive software. In general, simulations reduce the number of necessary test prints and thus development costs and time to market.
"Quality assurance is currently one of the most important challenges for meeting the high demands of our customers. Our software inspector allows you to control the process both during and after the printing process, and in the future, Magics users will be able to predict errors even before they occur. We are very confident that the combination of our established Magics software with proven simulation technology from a leading company like Simufact will bring competitive simulation-driven solutions to the 3D printing market," said Stefaan Motte, vice president of software at Materialise.
Significantly Reduced Test Prints in the Development Phase
Simufact Additive is a powerful and scalable software for the simulation of metal-based additive manufacturing processes. Systematic use of process simulation solutions drastically reduces the number of test prints required in the development phase. As a direct result, time to market and development costs will be reduced. The implementation of simulation functionalities in Materialise Magics allows research and development departments, universities and designers to seamlessly move from a heuristic to a scientifically validated approach.
"Generating support structures is a standard application in 3D printing preparation, and the Magics software is a market-leading tool for this purpose. If the printing process is optimized by means of simulated results, the optimization of the support structure plays a decisive role in order to achieve correct printing results straight away. Our customers will benefit from the integration of this market-leading technology into Simufact Additive and our simulation process chain will be further strengthened," says Dr. Hendrik Schafstall, CTO of Simufact Engineering.
This article was first published by konstruktionspraxis.
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