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The simulation module was developed specifically for metal additive manufacturing and showcased by the partners at the recent Formnext trade show. It is said to enhance the range of functionalities within AddUp Manager software and ensure the quality and enable the tracking of parts in additive manufacturing workflows.
AddUp and ESI have aligned through their sponsorship of the SOFIA Project, the acronym translating to Industrial Metal Additive Manufacturing Solution, which was initiated in 2016. As metal additive manufacturing becomes more prevalent in industry, the two companies believe offering products that can help users to gain a better understanding of material processes and behaviour is key, while noting that although simulation tools are of great assistance in the manufacture of parts, too often they are limiting because of multiple feedback loops between different functions.
Their solution is integrating simulation in the preparatory stages of additive manufacturing, enabling a continuity through the digital chain. It is based on a succession of guided steps, with the level of detail configurable depending on the users’ needs, whether small series or proper industrial production. The results from the simulation process allows the characteristics of parts, displacements, strains and stresses, to be correlated with the feasibility criteria calculated upstream of production. Risks can be anticipated, and by the process’ end, a modified geometry is generated.
“With this simulation technology we can help our customers improve their operational efficiencies and responsiveness, by significantly increasing the number of first time right parts,” commented Vincent Ferreiro, CEO, AddUp. “Thanks to its accessibility, Distortion Simulation AddOn will appeal to a wide range of users, requiring only a very short learning curve. This tool will help them maximise the potential of our FormUp machines.”
“The complementary nature of our teams and our fields of expertise, backed up by our collaboration in the SOFIA project, has enabled us to develop an industrial solution that delivers performance, predictability and competitiveness while continuing to implement innovative production methods such as additive manufacturing,” added Vincent Chailou, COO, ESI Group.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]