Link3D helps users choose AM materials

Link3D, which develops workflow systems for additive manufacturing, has launched a new initiative, the Additive Material Recommendation System or AMRS. Essentially, this is an add-on to its existing workflow to make it easier for users to select materials.

Link3D has developed this Additive Manufacturing Recommendation System to help users select the right materials for their 3D print jobs, including polymers.

The choice of material directly impacts the cost and the performance of the parts being produced. Additive manufacturing allows for a tremendous range of materials and often unconventional materials such as polymers can be used in places where previously might have been a more obvious choice. Designers also have to take into account how the performance of each material will be affected by the geometry and overall design, and of course, which materials suit the particular 3D printing process in use.

AMRS uses filters to help new-to-additive engineers select a material most fitting for their 3D printing builds. It also helps engineers with an existing understanding of AM materials to easily access the technical data for quicker decision-making without having to manually review material manufacturer’s spec sheets. 

It can help engineers search for key characteristics, such as whether or not polymers are strong enough, or have high temperature resistant and rubber-like specifications, or whether or not a metal material is corrosion resistant or has electrical conductivity. It can also take into account the colour required, density and the material manufacturer. 

Renaud Vasseur, vice president of Business Development & Sales at Link3D, commented: “We are thrilled that Link3D is introducing an additive manufacturing recommendation system that will not only help engineers achieve their design goals, but also increase overall understanding of the additive manufacturing capabilities and workflows.”

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