Ansys acquires Additive Manufacturing simulation company 3DSIM

November 17, 2017

Engineering simulation software company Ansys, Pennsylvania, USA, has acquired 3DSIM, Utah, USA, a developer of Additive Manufacturing simulation technology. The acquisition of 3DSIM will give Ansys what it states is the industry’s only complete AM simulation workflow.

Software for AM simulation offers users the ability to achieve their objectives through simulation-driven innovation rather than physical trial and error. According to 3DSIM, its customers include aerospace and automotive OEMs, parts manufacturers, metal Additive Manufacturing machine producers and leading research labs.

The company’s products include ExaSIM, aimed specifically at machine operators and designers for additively manufactured parts. ExaSIM enables the prediction of key features of a build, such as identifying and addressing residual stress, distortion and build failure, and part tolerances and therefore avoid failed builds without costly physical experimentation. 

3DSIM also produces Flex, which enables engineers, analysts and researchers to identify the best process parameters for a particular Additive Manufacturing machine and material combination. This enables users to prodict part microstructure and other properties before building, for enhanced part integrity.

“Additive Manufacturing is changing the way companies are bringing products to market, and 3DSIM is helping to lead the way through its innovative solutions,” stated Shane Emswiler, Ansys Vice President and General Manager. “By bringing ExaSIM and Flex onto our Workbench platform, Ansys can offer customers the only end-to-end Additive Manufacturing simulation workflow available. That will spark innovation, speed time to market and reduce manufacturing costs for our customers across industries.”

“We are excited to become part of the Ansys family with its nearly fifty-year history of helping customers realize their product promise,” added Brent Stucker, 3DSIM CEO. “Combining 3DSIM’s leading Additive Manufacturing technology with Ansys engineering simulation solutions will be a win-win for our customers and the entire industry.” 

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