The Altair Partner Alliance (APA) recently announced the addition of Additive Works’ proprietary Amphyon platform to its software offering. Amphyon is a simulation-driven process software for powder bed-based, laser beam melting metal Additive Manufacturing processes. The software allows for the automatic optimisation of part orientation as well as a build-up process simulation and the adaption of process parameters for higher part quality and process stability.
“Amphyon’s innovative approach to AM simulation provides an efficient and practical solution to benefit a wide range of industrial users involved with designing and printing complex metallic parts,” commented Subir Roy, Senior Director of Industry Solutions at Altair. “The GPU based software, with its intuitive GUI, enables the user to do trade-off studies for part orientation as a function of accessibility, support volume, build time etc. Distortion calculations from simulation can be used to compensate the part geometry to minimise deviation from the design target.”
According to Altair, Amphyon has the potential to save money, time and energy in the development of additively manufactured components. By integrating fast numerical process analysis and simulation into the process chain, surface quality and shape accuracy can be increased without the need for further action by the user. Amphyon consists of several modules which support the pre-processing steps and enhance the process itself. Amphyon and its modules focus on three main applications: helping designers learn how to deal with AM and its issues, helping researchers study process physics by numerical simulation and assisting in the optimisation of pre-processing and build data in a few steps.
“Amphyon was designed to replace the experiment-driven development of build-up strategies in laser beam melting with simulations and geometry analyses,” explained Dr. rer. Nat. Nils Keller, Co-Founder & CEO of Additive Works. “Due to the numerically calculated knowledge about process-induced thermal and mechanical loads, the build-up process can already be optimised at the level of pre-processing. This will save HyperWorks users a lot of resources and additionally enhance the part quality as well as the level of automation.”
Altair will host an introductory webinar for Additive Works on July 11 at 10AM ET. More information on the software and the webinar can be found via the company’s website.