February 26, 2015
Altiar has launched a new OptiStruct solver that expand topology optimization support for additive manufacturing applications. This technology, according to the company, is well-suited for 3D printing since it helps create free-form, organic structures that can be difficult to make with traditional manufacturing methods.
Altair is working with companies such as Materialise to streamline data transfer for 3D printing. This is because software packages like 3-MaticSTL focus on improvements of a given lattice component to ensure it is properly suited for 3D printing and can create support structures where necessary.
OptiStruct has two steps for optimization. It first it applies standard topology optimization enabling porous materials with intermediate densities to exist. These zones are then made into explicit lattice structures with varying material volume.
This new solver, Altair states, is a move towards integrating smart materials into products.
“3D printing brings new structural freedom to product design, allowing more complexity in shapes and topology and the efficient production of customized products while accelerating the manufacturing process, since no tooling is needed,” said Uwe Schramm, chief technical officer at Altair. “Topology optimization maximizes this design freedom, enabling complex free-form structure development, seamless individual designs, a shorter design process and optimal 3D-printed structures.”
For more information, visit Altair.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.