WYSIWYG ? Not Really for 3D Printing

Additive layer manufacturing (ALM) is creating parts by depositing/solidifying the materials layer-by-layer by taking input from 3D CAD design. You will get the part printed what you designed.

Simple, right? Well, ideally Yes.

But when you practically print a design, especially if its a metal part, you will get actually more than just the designed part. You will also get additional DISTORTIONS, if your ORIENTATIONS and/or SUPPORT REMOVAL gets wrong.

 

Simufact Additive

“Simufact Additive is a powerful and scalable software solution for the simulation of metal-based additive manufacturing processes.¬†Simufact Additive helps you produce AM parts right-first-time.”¬†

 

As per the information available on their site: it helps calculating distortion, residual stress, effects of post-processing and effects of orientations for metal 3D printing.

 

My Opinion

I feel, as more technological developments is happening in AM space to bring it up to the speed and cost of the conventional subtractive /deformative manufacturing process, there will be more demands for end-to-end additive manufacturing simulation softwares to predict the manufacturing defects.

Simufact Additive can predict defects (read it as distortions/residual stress) for different manufacturing configurations but, as far as i explored, it can’t tell you the optimum build position on its own, automatically.

 

 

 

 

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