Simulation Paves the Way for Productivity with Additive Manufacturing

November 18, 2020

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G-code simulation/verification/optimization is critical in the AM/hybrid manufacturing environment. Using digital twin machines and simulating the same NC code programs that will run on them is the most thorough way to verify additive NC programs will work to correctly and safely build additive parts. Optimization is just as important, enabling users to create the most efficient and effective NC programs possible for machining on hybrid machines, or CNC machines that perform post-additive machining. A comprehensive simulation-optimization approach ensures safe and proper use of AM equipment, avoids expensive machine crashes, and ensures parts are machined optimally and safely.

Primary Topics:

  • How simulation software helps designers create parts to suit their AM capabilities
  • Using AM simulation software to validate that planned operations and setups will work
  • What types of problems additive simulation can help you avoid
  • What robust additive simulation software can do in addition to just “building a part”



Gerald Ohlms

Technical Support Engineer, CGTech

Mr. Ohlms has been a Technical Support Engineer for CGTech's VERICUT software since 2016. After graduating from The Missouri University of Science and Technology, Gerald worked at Patriot Machine as a Mechanical Engineer. At Patriot Machine his work involved implementation of various CNC techniques and processes, use of various CAD/CAM softwares including VERICUT, and involvement in Aerospace Programs such as the F-15, F-18, and F-35. In Mr. Ohlms' role as Technical Support Engineer for CGTech, he designs many general-purpose and customized training courses, supplies technical support to end-user customers, and provides manufacturing consulting services to numerous companies in virtually every industry.