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3D printing software from design to manufacture

Netfabb® software includes efficient build preparation capabilities alongside tools for optimizing designs for additive manufacturing, simulating metal additive processes, and planning for CNC post-processing.

Build preparation

  • Import, analyze, and repair models

    Import models from a variety of CAD formats and use repair tools to quickly correct errors. (video: 2:35 min.)

  • Modify models for production

    Make your models production ready by adjusting wall thicknesses, smoothing rough areas, and more. (video: 2:36 min.)

  • Configurable build supports

    Identify areas that require support and use semi-automated tools to generate support structures. (video: 2:22 min.)

  • Automatic packing

    Use 2D and 3D packing algorithms to optimally place parts within the build volume. (video: 1:20 min.)

  • 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.

Design optimization for additive manufacturing

  • Internal lattice structures

    Create lightweight parts with performance characteristics specific to your application.

  • New

    Topology optimization

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

  • Integrated performance analysis

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

  • Optimization engine

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

  • Selective space structures (3S)

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

Metal process simulation and hybrid manufacturing

  • Fast, predictive simulation

    Use multiscale modeling to quickly predict the thermal and mechanical response of parts and help reduce build failures. (video: 1:06 min.)

  • New

    Simulate the entire build plate

    Capture interactions between parts and the distortion of the build plate. (video: 0:27 sec.)

  • New

    Produce compensated pre-forms

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

  • Detect recoater interference

    Identify possible build failures with powder bed processes that may cause equipment damage. (video: 0:41 sec.)

  • Simulate complex parts

    Apply thermomechanical modeling to large geometries designed for additive manufacturing.

  • Predict part distortion

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

  • Avoid support failure

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

  • New | Account for part-powder interaction

    Model conduction of energy into the loose powder for increased model accuracy.

  • New | Solve locally or in the cloud

    Simulation capabilities require an additional subscription to Netfabb Local Simulation or the use of cloud solve.

  • Near net shape planning

    Plan and model the near net shape for metal additive manufacturing processes using PowerShape technology.

  • Export to PowerMill

    Export near net shapes directly to PowerMill to generate CNC toolpaths for post-processing.

Machine integration

  • Integrated print engines

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

  • New | Collaborative multi-head 3D printing

    Intelligently distribute toolpaths between multiple print heads working in unison on a single printer.

  • Solutions for machine manufacturers

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