Ansys, based in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA, and Materialise NV, headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, are reported to be working together to deliver integrated digital solutions in an effort to overcome workflow challenges in the Additive Manufacturing sector.
The new partnership will integrate Ansys Additive Suite into Materialise’s data and build preparation tool Magics. An initial solution, now being previewed at Formnext 2023 and arriving in Q2 2024, aims to provide a best-in-class workflow for managing AM industrial projects across industries, including the medical and aerospace sectors.
In many cases, the AM process requires users to perform build and data preparation tasks on one software platform and run simulations on another. Build defects caught by simulation within Magics will remove the need for data transfer between tools to update build files. This ultimately requires users to master both platforms or transfer information to a completely different user, creating disconnected workflows and eliminating the scrap-saving benefits of simulation.
The Ansys and Materialise partnership intends to alleviate these issues by combining Ansys’ simulation software with Magics into one streamlined workflow, resulting in faster time-to-market and efficient distortion compensation. This end-to-end process is also stated to provide fertile ground for advanced AM research and development, enabling engineers and designers to overcome engineering barriers standing in the way of innovation.
“Improving accessibility to simulation is an important step to support our customers in their metal 3D printing,” stated Bart Van Der Schueren, Chief Technology Officer, executive vice president at Materialise. “Our goal is to enable a smooth design process by empowering users to seamlessly run valuable and efficient detection and correction simulations in tandem with build and data preparation. This partnership will do so by providing a platform for innovation and a process by which users can 3D print quality products with confidence.”
Shane Emswiler, senior vice president of products at Ansys, added, “Simulation changes the way we perceive our interactions with the world. Whether it be understanding the behaviour of new material or revisiting standardised product configurations, the adoption of Ansys technology into the AM workflow signifies the necessity and utility of simulation throughout all levels of the product life cycle.”
Both Ansys and Materialise are exhibiting at Formnext 2023. Ansys is at Hall 12.1, B19 and Materialise, 12.1, C139.