Simulation Software for AM

February 19, 2019

At formnext 2018, ESI Group, a provider of virtual prototyping software and services for manufacturers, unveiled ESI Additive Manufacturing, offering the ability to quickly address manufacturability issues on the shop floor and help assess material quality via process simulation.

The software addresses process engineering and manufacturing engineering departments, as well as 3D printing bureaus seeking rapid answers to questions such as:
Can my part be manufactured using AM?
What would be the best orientation/support strategy?
What will be the impact on part integrity, including part distortion and residual stresses?
Will I meet optimal material density and process throughput?
What are the right parameters to prevent build failure?

Without building a hardware prototype, ESI Additive Manufacturing answers these questions in a shortened time and with less associated costs, according to company officials, and provides the framework to achieve first-time-right prints. With ESI Additive Manufacturing integrated to ESI’s platform of simulation solutions, future developments reportedly will deliver chaining capabilities to anticipate challenges linked to post-printing operations, including advanced heat treatment and machining. 

Industry-Related Terms: Hardware, Manufacturability, Prototype
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See also: ESI Group



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