With the release of Simufact Additive 2020, Simufact is expanding the scope of its simulation tool: From now on, users cannot only design and optimize the build process virtually, but rather make an immediate cost estimation for several, as well as individual, components of printing processes in advance. In addition to the build process, the functionality also includes all downstream processes such as cutting and subsequent processes.
With the cost estimation the user is able to gain insights into the estimated costs of the build process based on individually adjustable partial costs. The orientation assistant also provides answers to the expected costs for a given orientation. If the user changes the orientation, the software automatically determines the new costs. With just one click, the user can transfer a detailed list of the estimated costs to Excel. Furthermore, the user can compare the expected costs of a single printing process versus one with multiple components.
Simufact Additive 2020 provides users with the 3MF interface, an industry standard 3D printing format for import and export. This interface enables simple and reliable data transfer to third-party software such as Materialise Magics. In addition, Simufact underlines its open-mind attitude towards third-party products. Furthermore, the 3MF interface considerably improves the model set up in conjunction with Materialise Magics.
Version 2020 not only extends its scope of a pure process simulation solution, but also allows users additionally to integrate build job preparation with a direct export function to Renishaw printers/machines. The laser paths for all layers can now be created and visualized so that the user can identify possible problems in the printing process at an early stage. With this function, Simufact Additive 2020 completes the process chain concept with a further function that allows error-free data transmission and thus also makes the entire work process more efficient. Simufact Additive 2020 thus creates framework conditions that can also be of interest to other printer manufacturers.
Currently the loop from the CAD model, over the CAD import to the simulation and back to the CAD model is open, as there is no possibility to export simulation results such as compensated geometries into native or neutral CAD formats (STEP, etc.). This discontinuity in the process chain will be closed with the new CAD export. The CAD export of the geometries, originally from a CAD system, and compensated or distorted by Simufact Additive can be exported again into native and neutral CAD files.
These files can later be used for CAM simulations and further processing in CAD programs. The time-consuming and inaccurate manual reconstruction of these geometries is eliminated.
With adaptive voxel meshing, Simufact Additive 2020 automatically adjusts the voxel sizes in the part. Thus elements can be coarsened or refined if needed. This adaptation improves the simulation speed and thus, in turn, provides the simulation results faster. In addition, the new functionality also has a stabilizing effect on the simulation and thus makes it even more precise.
Hybrid manufacturing combines the additive manufacturing process with conventional manufactured parts, e.g. a printed drill head with a special contour on a conventional manufactured drill body. Hybrid manufacturing arises new questions on stresses and distortions of the complete assembly as well as of every single part. Also, combinations of different materials can be interesting to investigate. The new version allows defining parts as “starting points” on which the printing will start. Thus, stresses and distortions of the complete assembly and all single parts can be investigated.
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