Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is one of the most disruptive technologies to arise over the last several decades. Its effects are being seen everywhere, from the aerospace and automotive industries to healthcare, art, architecture, science and more. To those unfamiliar with the technology, additive manufacturing may seem like a miracle – you just press a button and get a brand new 3D object from nothing but metal powder or plastic string. In reality, however, it’s much more complicated and difficult.
Multiple challenges still exist for those who utilize additive manufacturing, and there are a number of things that can go wrong with a print. Parts can be distorted or flawed, with defects that are often not even visible to the naked eye. These defects can be present on a microstructural level thanks to multiple factors: imperfections in the original printing material, temperature fluctuations during the print, or other issues.
Steps can be taken to mitigate these factors, but a great deal of complexity is involved. The proper software, however, can take a lot of the complexity and headache out of the process. Dassault Systèmes introduced its Print to Perform software a couple of years ago, and now has unveiled the new and improved version: Print to Perform 2.0, a real-world solution for end-to-end additive manufacturing.
In an upcoming eSeminar, anyone with an interest in additive manufacturing can learn more about Print to Perform 2.0. Attendees will learn how to: leverage the latest generative design technology to optimize parts for additive manufacturing; increase build success with optimized part orientation and support structures; and predict build failure, part quality and performance with validated simulation methods.
The eSeminar will be taking place on Thursday, May 9th at 3:00 PM CEST / 9:00 AM EDT. Presenters include Tonya Cole, CATIA NAM Senior Solution Consultant; NC Kishore, DELMIA Fabrication Senior Portfolio Technical Specialist; Anders Winkler, SIMULIA Additive Manufacturing Senior Technical Consultant; and Akshay Narasimhan, SIMULIA Senior Industry Solutions Manager.
Print to Perform 2.0, as part of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, provides a digital thread from design to simulation to production. It enables engineers to perform detailed thermos mechanical analyses to predict complex physics such as microstructure, as-built material properties and buckling. With these tools, engineers can anticipate any issues involved in a build and remedy them before beginning the physical print job, increasing the success rate of builds on the first try.
These simulation tools have been validated for a range of process types and materials, and were awarded first place in residual stress prediction by the recent NIST AM Benchmark.
No matter your level of involvement in additive manufacturing, you can benefit by learning more about Print to Perform 2.0 and its abilities to identify and prevent the common issues that affect AM builds.
Register for the eSeminar, here.