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Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene is a thermoplastic polymer commonly used in 3D printing applications, especially for prototypes due to its relatively low cost, stiffness and impact resistance.
 
 

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Making the Case for Simulation of Additive Manufacturing
The cost of running an additive manufacturing metal 3D printer, on average, is estimated to be around $100 per hour, and a single build can take upwards of 20 hours—or closer to 80 hours for highly complex parts. That's $2,000 to $8,000 wasted every time a part fails and has to be reprinted. Rather than learning from expensive trial-and-error processes, simulation, and specifically simulation of additive manufacturing processes, is a much more efficient and cost effective way to optimize use of metal AM technology.
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