Additive manufacturing simulation software allows you to replicate real world additive manufacturing processes. The software predicts print outcomes based on the material properties and additive hardware process parameters and can be used to validate upfront engineering work or help optimize processes by visually representing design errors before they occur.
Key benefits of metal additive software
EVALUATE ADDITIVE DESIGNS
Evaluate additive design options for printability before they even get to the additive engineering team increasing your productivity.
MINIMIZE PRINT FAILURES
Metal additive simulation software helps you predict print failures, improving the profitability and throughput of your additive manufacturing business.
COMPENSATE FOR PRINT DISTORTION
Automatically compensate geometries based on simulation results to achieve the desired shape when your parts are manufactured or 3D printed.
Capabilities of metal additive simulation software
Metal additive hardware and materials can be expensive. Additive manufacturing simulation software can help you minimize print failures and maximize your output, saving time, money and frustration.
Predict hot spots and lack of fusion
Undesirable thermal effects can lead to poor build quality. Predict regions of a build that could experience temperatures too hot or not hot enough for proper fusion during processing.
Support structures are often required to achieve a successful build with laser powder bed fusion process. Simulation software can aid in design of support strutures by predicting potential failure zones.
Multi-scale model for metal laser powder bed fusion simulation
The simulation process involves mapping results from a small-scale moving source thermo-mechanical simulation on to a part scale thermo-mechanical simulation. Since this process is fully predictive and physics based, it requires no experimental calibration to achieve accurate results.
To Run a Directed Energy Deposition Simulation (6:18 min.)
Directed energy deposition (DED) simulation
The simulation software can analyze DED for both powder and wire fed systems. The DED process is simulated as a moving source thermo-mechanical analysis, similar to traditional weld modeling techniques. A novel element formulation and element activation approach, allows for fast simulation of each individual weld bead.
Netfabb metal additive manufacturing simulation software