4/19/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

Additive Industries’ MetalFAB1 to Be Integrated with 3DSIM Software

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An exact representation of the AM system will be available in the software to simulate and optimize builds.

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At the 2016 Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, Additive Industries and 3DSIM announced that Additive Industries is the first metal AM systems OEM to sign 3DSIM’s machine manufacturer partnership agreement. Under this agreement, Additive Industries will integrate 3DSIM’s ExaSim and Flex tools into its Additive World Platform, which supports the end-to-end 3D printing workflow.

By implementing an exact representation of the MetalFAB1 system in 3DSIM tools, users of this industrial AM system will be able to simulate and optimize builds before actually printing them. According to the companies, this capacity will increase both the predictability and yield of the process. Furthermore, it reduces the time needed for process qualification and accelerated innovation by eliminating much of the time-consuming, costly trial-and-error involved in metal additive manufacturing today, the partners say. This step further strengthens the partnership the two companies started in January 2015.

“We believe 3DSIM’s physics-based software tools will revolutionize the way future products are designed, produced and qualified,” says Brent Stucker, CEO of 3DSIM. “By seamlessly enabling our customers to manage parts and builds in the Additive World platform, simulate production in 3DSIM’s software and finally producing that build on a MetalFAB1 machine, we are creating the tools needed for a truly integrated and predictable metal additive manufacturing process.”

“The 3DSIM software will allow us to speed up the development of our MetalFAB1 system and help our customers to increase productivity, speed up process qualification and reduce the cost of printed parts,” adds Mark Vaes, technology manager of Additive Industries. 

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