Markforged Introduces Simulation Software for 3D Printing

Virtual testing validates the strength of advanced composite parts, according to Markforged.

Virtual testing validates the strength of advanced composite parts, according to Markforged.

At Formnext, Markforged announced the release of new Simulation features for its additive manufacturing software. Simulation is available as a free trial until April 2023, and the company expects to make the feature accessible through a paid subscription thereafter.

By replacing slow and costly design/print/break testing cycles with virtual testing, Simulation can enable manufacturers to expand their use of additive manufacturing into demanding production applications. 

Unlike traditional software tools that need specialized expertise and analysis, Simulation is designed for additive manufacturing and works within the familiar Eiger software slice and print workflow. Any user can validate part strength and stiffness through virtual testing by identifying anchor and load surfaces and then entering values for loads, factor of safety and maximum deflection. They can then optimize parts by automatically determining print settings for floors, walls, infill and fiber reinforcement to achieve print cost and speed goals while maintaining adequate strength.

“Simulation enables our customers to adopt The Digital Forge deeper into their manufacturing operations by replacing more mission critical tooling and end-use metal parts with validated and optimized 3D printed advanced composite parts with Continuous Fiber Reinforcement,” says Shai Terem, president and CEO of Markforged. “Cloud-based software innovation like Simulation is core to our mission to bring industrial part production to the point of need.” 

Simulation is available worldwide as a free trial for anyone with a Markforged Eiger account.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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