Fusion 360 with Netfabb features

Netfabb® software—available as a Premium or Ultimate version, as well as Netfabb local simulation—includes efficient build preparation capabilities and tools for optimizing designs for additive manufacturing and simulating metal additive processes.

Netfabb Ultimate screen showing 3d model of a part from BAC Mono supercar build

Automatic packing

Import models from a variety of CAD formats and use repair tools to quickly correct errors

Advanced toolpaths

Develop build strategies and define toolpath parameters for maximum surface quality, part density, and speed

Selective space structures

ULTIMATE ONLY

Fill solid volumes with standard or custom structures to create unique material properties for your part

Integrated performance analysis

ULTIMATE ONLY

Test how your optimized designs will perform using built-in Inventor Nastran simulation

Metal powder bed fusion simulation

NETABB LOCAL SIMULATION ONLY

Use multiscale modeling to predict the thermal and mechanical response of parts and help reduce build failures

Optimization Engine

ULTIMATE ONLY

Automatically verify and optimize lattice and skin elements to meet load requirements and reduce weight

Core capabilities

Build preparation

Import, analyze, and repair models

Import models from a variety of CAD formats and use repair tools to quickly correct errors. (video: 3 min.)


Modify models for production

Make your models production ready by adjusting wall thicknesses, smoothing rough areas, and more. (video: 2:26 min.)


Configurable build supports

Identify areas that require support and use semi-automated tools to generate support structures. (video: 1:47 min.)


Mesh to CAD conversion

Convert organic, free-form mesh files to boundary representation models and make them available in CAD in STEP, SAT, or IGES format.


Automatic packing

Use 2D and 3D packing algorithms to optimally place parts within the build volume.


Report generation

Create custom reports that include critical information for manufacturing and quoting.


Advanced toolpaths

Develop build strategies and define toolpath parameters for maximum surface quality, part density, and speed.


Automation

ULTIMATE ONLY
Automate common preparation tasks including import, analysis, repair, packing, slicing, and tool pathing.


Design optimization for additive manufacturing

Internal lattice structures

ULTIMATE ONLY
Create lightweight parts with performance characteristics specific to your application.


Topology optimization

ULTIMATE ONLY
Generate forms that are optimized for stiffness and weight, based on the loads and constraints of the part.


Integrated performance analysis

ULTIMATE ONLY
Test how your optimized designs will perform using built-in Inventor Nastran simulation.


Optimization engine

ULTIMATE ONLY
Automatically verify and optimize lattice and skin elements to meet load requirements and reduce weight.


Selective space structure (3S)

ULTIMATE ONLY
Fill solid volumes with standard or custom structures to create unique material properties for your part.


Machine integration

Integrated print engines

Select from the most popular additive manufacturing machines to configure the Netfabb workspace to your process.


Solutions for machine manufacturers

Netfabb works with a range of OEMs to create integrated printing experiences configured for specific machines.


Netfabb local simulation capabilities

Predict the thermomechanical response of additive parts during the metal powder bed fusion and directed energy deposition manufacturing processes.

Simulation features

Metal powder bed fusion 

Use multiscale modeling to predict the thermal and mechanical response of parts and help reduce build failures.


Directed energy deposition

Simulate full builds for both powder-fed and wire-fed DED processes with Netfabb Local Simulation.


Fast, predictive simulation

Adaptive meshing and the physics-based, multiscale approach help keep processing time low and accuracy high. (video: 1:07 min.)


Small-scale simulation

Generate PRM files based on chosen material and process parameters for increased accuracy.


Part-scale simulation

Simulate the additive manufacturing process for powder bed fusion to identify potential causes of build failures.


Simulate the entire build plate

Capture interactions between parts and the distortion of the build plate.


Simulate stress relief

Design appropriate heat treatment cycles by inputting the temperature versus time curve of the desired process.


Detect recoater interference

Identify possible build failures with powder bed processes that may cause equipment damage.


Avoid support failure

Predict support failure to aid in the design and placement of support structures.


Predict part distortion

Predict how metal additive manufacturing parts will deform to help reduce build failures.


Account for part/powder interaction

Model the conduction of energy into the loose powder to increase your model’s accuracy.


Calculate residual stresses

Accurately calculate residual stresses and strains built up during the additive manufacturing process to identify likely regions of failure.


Simulate response after wire-cutting

Simulate the mechanical response of a deposited part after removal from the build plate to calculate the final distortion.


Predict hot spots and lack of fusion

Apply multiscale modeling to predict regions of a build that get too hot or not hot enough during processing.


Compensate for distortion

Automatically compensate geometries based on simulation results to achieve the desired shape when printed.


Simulation validation & research

STUDY

Part/powder interaction

Experimental data shows improved accuracy with the explicit modeling of loose powder and the interaction between parts.


STUDY

Support failure prediction

Netfabb simulates the delamination of the part from the region where the support structure on a component experienced failure.


STUDY

Moving source simulation

Netfabb Simulation accurately calculates temperature and distortion during the powder bed fusion process to within 5% error of the measurement.


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