Simufact Additive is a powerful and scalable process simulation environment for the first-time-right optimization of Metal Additive Manufacturing processes.
Simufact Additive is a powerful and scalable software solution for the simulation of metal-based additive manufacturing processes. Discover how to use Simufact Additives to optimize your metal 3D printing / rapid prototyping.
Insights into Simufact Additive capabilities
In an interview with Stefaan Motte, Vice President Software of Materialise Software, Dr. Hendrik Schafstall explains the value simulation can bring to Metal 3D Printing, what it means to have simulation integrated within Materialise Magics and what the future of simulation looks like.
Higher efficiency with more than process simulation
Optimize build job costs and better connect to build preparation and machines
Gain first insights into the additive manufacturing simulation and listen to our 30-minutes overall webinar introducing Simufact Additive 4.
This e-book contains some insightful articles on the state of additive manufacturing and some of the prevailing trends. It also includes some compelling case studies that demonstrate the scope and breadth of applications for additive manufacturing simulation.
Replace time-consuming tests with simulation!
Apply process simulation with Simufact Additive to save time and money:
Simufact Additive helps you to significantly reduce the number of test prints. Our goal is to provide you with a software solution which helps you produce AM components with repeatable dimensional accuracy first time right.
Simufact Additive features help you solve the main issues of metal 3D printing:
Simufact Additive´s multi-scale approach combines the best approaches in a unique software solution - from an extremely fast mechanical method to a full thermal-mechanical coupled transient analysis with the highest accuracy of simulation results. You can choose the right simulation method for your situation.
Simufact Additive is a specialised software solution dedicated exclusively to the simulation of additive manufacturing processes. For the user, this is reflected in a lean operating concept.
Simufact Additive has an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) that is exceptionally user-friendly. The flexible GUI concept enables machine- and application-specific dialogs that are oriented to the real work process.
Simufact Additive is based on the proven MARC solver technology from MSC Software. Marc is a leading solution for nonlinear numerical simulations; it covers a wide range of physical effects. We have developed and adapted Marc specifically for use in additive manufacturing.
Simufact Additive is a standalone product that already covers important parts of the digital process chain in additive manufacturing. In combination with software solutions from MSC Software and other software and hardware solutions from Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence and third-party suppliers, our customers can create complete end-to-end solutions and individual process chains.
MSC's Simulating Reality magazine introduces new simulation solutions for additive manufacturing technologies for plastics and metals. It provides examples and insights into the future of AM simulation - from MSC's e-Xstream and Simufact.
The article from the MSC magazine "Engineering Reality" describes the integrated use of Simufact, MSC and Hexagon technologies for two demo projects in additive manufacturing.
Please note that the simulation of Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) processes is covered by Simufact Welding.
Simufact Additive offers the first dedicated mulit-physics metal binder jetting sintering simulation solution focusing on distortion due to the post build sintering process and its automated distortion compensation.
The required sintering process is a large hurdle that can not be modelled with simple shrinkage models. Our approach considers the thermal strain, shrinkage, friction, gravity, – just to name the most important phenomena during the sintering process.
Advantages of Metal Binder Jetting
Together with other solutions from MSC Software, Simufact Additive covers a broad spectrum of the digital additive process chain.
Simufact Additive covers the core of the additive manufacturing process, including
MSC Software also provides other solutions:
Read more about MSC's complete AM portfolio:
English webinar on the entire portfolio of MSC Software for Additive Manufacturing (2017)
Further solutions from Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence such as portable and stationary measuring systems and software solutions for the machining post-processing of additively manufactured parts further broaden the solution portfolio.
Hexagon's integrated additive manufacturing end-to-end solution will cover the entire AM process chain from topology optimisation, generative design, print preparation and process simulation to post-processing and CNC machining (e.g. scan-to-CAD).
A central database and web-based portal capture the design geometry, cut files and all print variables required for high repeatability.
Hexagon's end-to-end AM solution is designed as an open ecosystem and third-party solutions can be integrated. Files can be imported from a variety of CAD packages and the resulting build geometries can be exported and supported by any 3D printer.
Image: Hexagon´s Additive Manufacturing End-to-End Solution Portfolio
All this is supported by Hexagon's SFx Additive Manufacturing solution HxGN SFx | Additive Manufacturing, a multi-purpose platform that allows you to easily connect products and create better workflows.
Simulation of distortion of an additively manufactured manifold (Part: Renishaw)
Simulation of effective stress of an additively manufactured aerospace bracket
Would you like to watch further simulation videos on Additive Manufacturing?
You have the choice since the software offers you different, flexible solutions.
A complete thermal-mechanical coupled transient analysis delivers the most accurate results - but is this your daily business?
Often a faster method will be enough - one that allows you to quickly get results that help you make decisions from day to day.
Highly realistic results: The comparison of optically measured distortions with simulation-based distortion shows a high correlation.
Simufact Additive comes with an intuitive and user-friendly GUI ensuring an extraordinary user experience. The flexible GUI concept allows machine and application-specific dialogs aligned with the real process work flow. A meshing capability is included for the automatic and rapid discretization of even large and complex structures of any shape. The GUI is laid out to smoothly handle these meshes that can readily reach more than a million elements.
Simufact Additive`s best-in-class GUI
Simufact Additive has a workflow-oriented user interface that our customers describe as the best in its class. The software guides the user efficiently through the simulation process. A growing number of automation and assistance functions support the user:
Simufact is building partnerships with 3D printing machine suppliers aiming at an integrated approach which combines AM simulation software with vendor-specific 3D printers / resp. their build preparation software. The goal is a fully-coupled simulation-based optimization providing the build file for the best configuration. This approach is an important component of our 'right-first-time' strategy.
Renishaw plc, a leading manufacturer of advanced metal AM systems, is the first 3D printing machine vendor to collaborate with Simufact in the common goal of an integrated approach. The aim is a fully simulation based optimization leading to the best quality build file. Initially, Renishaw’s QuantAM build preparation software will be coupled with Simufact process simulation software and enable data exchange, using QuantAM’s open API (application programming interface). The next step is to automatically set-up a simulation based on the build information and in return to display the simulation results in Renishaw’s QuantAM build preparation software.
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