Materialise launches metal simulation software

Materialise has used this week’s TCT show at the NEC, UK to launch a new simulation software for metal 3D printing that is aimed at optimising part production to avoid costly reprints.

Materialise has added this new simulation module to its Magics 3D Print Suite.

This new module is part of the Magics 3D Print Suite software. Materialise claims that the simulation module is focused on optimizing the production process and can be used directly on the production floor without the need for highly skilled and experienced engineers to be present. Instead, users can apply simulation results directly to the support generation and orientation tools in the Materialise Magics environment.

It supports fast reruns on a standard workstation without the need for high-end processing power, and can also be used in combination with other computer-aided engineering (CAE) solutions for highly certified metal production. The module also includes an integrated calibration feature which guides users to the correct simulation settings for their metal machine.

This new simulation module is based on an OEM version of the Simufact Additive Solver, which is used to simulate metal-based AM processes. Materialise believes that combining this with its own data and build preparation software will allow users to better control the pre-build process within a familiar environment.

Stefaan Motte, Vice President and General Manager of the Materialise software division, explained: “As more companies adopt 3D Printing as an alternative manufacturing technology, service bureaus are operating in a more cost-competitive environment than ever. As a result, they are looking for ways to scale their operations, increase productivity and reduce overall costs.” He added: “Software, and especially simulation software, will help drive down the primary cost. Our software suite will enable greater access to simulation capabilities and help increase productivity and efficiency.”

The new simulation module is available immediately. Materialise is also due to launch its

Magics 23 software later this year, which will offer more integrated capabilities and automated support for metal 3D printing. You can find more information on this Simulation module at: http://mtls.me/simulation 


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