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 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.
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.