Design for Additive Manufacturing

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Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a method which enables the manufacture of components directly from 3D geometry models. The geometry is built up layer by layer using fluid or solid materials, for example by parallel (layer by layer) extrusion of plastics (fused deposition modelling, FDM) or by casting with metal powders (selective laser melting, SLM).

Using AM engineers can implement entirely new shapes which allow integration of functions and hence reduced number of components. Furthermore it is possible to adjust local density which facilitates lightweight design und helps to lower production times thanks to reduced material usage. ANSYS offers tools for the design of additive manufactured components (topology optimisation, variable density through lattice-structures) as well as for process simulation so that distortion, residual stress and microstructure can be accurately calculated and accounted for.

2 options are available: Additive Print which is suitable for users with no prior simulation background. With Additive Print designers, process engineers or manufacturing providers can quickly perform a meaningful assessment of planned printing processes on their PC or in the Cloud.

Additive Suite provides for a complete degree of detail for simulation experts and researchers. Additive Suite supports topology optimisation with lattice-structures, easy geometry manipulation, thermomechanical analysis with ANSYS Mechanical Enterprise, as well as examination of the microstructure of additive-manufactured structures.

CADFEM are very pleased to introduce you to these exciting new technologies. Please contact us for more information on the above products, for the next training classes, test drives, webinars and for an appointment with our experts: info@cadfemukandireland.com

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