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Materialise Launches Additive Simulation Software

Materialise, a global provider of additive manufacturing (AM) software and solutions, has launched AM simulation software available as a module for its Magics 3D Print Suite. 

Company leadership said the goal for this software is to make AM simulation tools accessible to a wider audience. Users can apply simulation results directly to the support generation and orientation tools in their Materialise Magics environment. The simulation software supports fast reruns on a standard workstation without the need for high-end processing power, according to Materialise, and can be used in combination with other computer-aided engineering solutions for metal production.

From the Materialise press release: "Simulation for 3D printing usually requires the intervention of highly skilled and experienced engineers. To reduce the number of expensive test prints, they work closely with the designers to provide valuable feedback on aspects such as optimal part orientation and support structure design. This can make the design and engineering process complex and time-consuming. The new Materialise simulation module is focused on optimizing the production process without the need for expert knowledge. In combination with Magics, it brings high-end simulation capabilities for 3D printing to the production floor, freeing up time of highly skilled engineers."

The simulation software also includes an integrated calibration feature, which guides users to the correct simulation settings for their respective machines.

Additionally, the software is based on an OEM version of the Simufact Additive Solver (software tool for the simulation of metal-based AM processes). According to Materialise, the combination of Simufact’s simulation expertise with Materialise data and build preparation software "allows users to better control the pre-build process within their familiar data preparation environment."

Source: Materialise