4/13/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

Digimat 2017.1 Introduces Simulation Chain

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A new simulation feature helps predict warpage and residual stress in polymers.


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E-Xstream Engineering, an MSC Software Company, has released Digimat 2017.1, an update to its nonlinear multiscale material and structure modeling platform. With this release, the developer is introducing a simulation chain for additive manufacturing of polymers called Digimat Additive Manufacturing (Digimat-AM). 

Digimat-AM is a simulation solution for fused filament fabrication (FFF), fused-deposition modeling (FDM) and selective laser sintering (SLS) of reinforced materials. According to the developer, the software enables the user to predict warpage and residual stresses in polymer parts as a function of the manufacturing process parameters. With Digimat-AM, users can optimize the process and minimize the part deformation.

According to the developer, the software helps to minimize printing trial and errors because it enables the user to explore the process sensitivity to manufacturing parameters. By applying multi-scale material modeling techniques to the additive manufacturing of polymers (unfilled and reinforced), Digimat’s virtual material compounding and characterization helps enable the development of new materials. Virtual engineering enables the user to reduce physical tests, understand the key parameters driving the material’s behavior, and easily create new material systems, such as lightweight lattices.

Digimat 2017.1 also includes extended material model reverse engineering capabilities. Users now benefit from CPU reduction when simulating the as-manufactured performance of components or the creep of plastic parts.