Simulate Metal Additive Manufacturing Processes

New Materialise Magics module simulates metal processes from end to end.

New Materialise Magics module simulates metal processes from end to end.

Among the capabilities of the new Materialise Magics Simulation Module for metal additive manufacturing is the ability to simulate support structures as shown here. Image courtesy of Materialise NV.

Materialise says its newly launched Materialise Magics Simulation Module brings simulation to the metal additive manufacturing (AM) production floor. This toolset, the company adds, works in combination with applications in the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite and provides easy-to-manage simulation capabilities at lower price points.

Materialise describes its Magics Simulation Module as focused on optimizing the production process without the need for expert knowledge. The module enables users to simulate the entire 3D metal process from end to end. Users can apply simulation results directly to the support generation and orientation tools in their Materialise Magics 3D print environment. The module provides fast runs on a standard workstation, according to Materialise, which adds that the module can be used in combination with other computer-aided engineering (CAE) solutions for highly certified metal production.

With the module, users can predict overall part deformation as well as predict where shrink lines could happen. Support structures can be simulated, and tolerances can be set. The Materialise Simulation Module includes an integrated calibration feature that is said to guide users to the correct simulation settings for their metal machine and material.

The Materialise Magics Simulation Module is based on an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) version of the Simufact Additive Solver, a scalable software tool for simulating metal-based AM processes. Materialise says that the combination of Simufact’s simulation expertise with Materialise’s data and build preparation software allows users to better control the metal AM pre-build process within their familiar data preparation environment.

“As more companies adopt 3D printing as an alternative manufacturing technology, service bureaus are operating in a more cost-competitive environment than ever. As a result, they are looking for ways to scale their operations, increase productivity and reduce overall costs,” says Stefaan Motte, vice president and general manager of the Materialise software division in the press announcement. “Software, and especially simulation software, will help drive down the primary cost. Our software suite will enable greater access to simulation capabilities and help increase productivity and efficiency.”

The Materialise Magics Simulation Module is available immediately. For more details, click here.

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

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