12/20/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

Autodesk Launches Netfabb 2017

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The software package is designed to increase efficiency for industrial 3D printing production.


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Autodesk has launched Netfabb 2017, a comprehensive toolkit for additive manufacturing professionals. According to the company, the package helps reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve part performance in industrial 3D printing production environments. The software integrates design enhancement, manufacturing preparation and build simulation tools in one software environment that shares a common installer, common file formats and process definitions.

“Additive manufacturing is having a profound impact on how manufacturers of all sizes look at product design, production, distribution and economies of scale,” said Samir Hanna, vice president and general manager of digital manufacturing at Autodesk. “With Netfabb 2017, Autodesk has created a single set of industrial tools that help move from design to finished part quickly and easily.” 

Since acquiring Netfabb in 2015, Autodesk has added a number of new technologies and capabilities, including enhanced simulation, optimization and advanced toolpath capabilities to provide engineers and designers with a broad collection of additive design and manufacturing tools.

The 2017 release includes enhanced prototyping and file preparation features. Rapid file handling is possible through the process of importing CAD files and converting them to editable STL files with the CAD import module. The range of model editing tools has been expanded to help users create the geometry needed to improve performance from additive manufacturing processes and machines.

A new simulation utility provides fast and robust simulation of full layer deposition and predicts structural stresses and deformations in metal parts, which helps reduce the need for costly experimental iterations, Autodesk says. A powerful design enhancement feature enables fast and efficient light weighting and refinement of parts. Users are able to enhance part properties and throughput with an advanced toolpath engine that specifies hatching patterns and control parameters such as print speed, focus and laser or beam power. A build support module helps users quickly create support structures, and automatic packing maximizes the number of parts that can be loaded on a build area.