Simufact Additive 3 Software Provides Thermal Mapping
Simufact Additive 3 uses thermal mapping to identify areas of problematic heat buildup at an early stage in the metal 3D printing process.
Edited by AM Staff
Simufact has released the third generation of its software solution for the simulation of metal-based additive manufacturing (AM) processes, Simufact Additive 3. The software uses a thermo-mechanical method to enable users to see the global temperature of the component. Users can analyze this data to determine both deformation and the influence of the base plate. Simufact Additive 3 also offers a Linux solver in addition to the Windows Solver, making it available for simulations on Linux computers.
The software focuses on analyzing the layered calculation of the build process. Users receive global statements about the heat behavior in the component, such as thermal peak loads, in order to recognize overheated areas at an early stage. The software’s thermo-mechanical calculation method means that users to not need to perform a calibration beforehand, and enables them to take into account printer parameters during model building.
Users can also compare simulation results and reference models by using "best-fit" positioning. In the best-fit method, the software automatically determines the position at which the deviations are lowest. The visual presentation of the results enables the user to quickly assess whether the deviations are within the permissible tolerances.
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