GeonX SA, Gosselies, Belgium, and the Institute of Photonic Technologies (LPT) of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to advance modelling of Additive Manufacturing technologies. Together the organisations aim to bridge the gap between the complex physics of the laser-matter interaction and the prediction of deformations and stresses occurring during the process.
It was stated that the advanced models developed by LPT, capable of simulating the complex phenomena occurring in the melt pool produced by laser irradiation, will be integrated into the new generation solver of GeonX simulation platform Virfac. The modelling simulation software will allow users to study Additive Manufacturing at different scales, from the laser-material interaction to the global distortions of the manufactured part.
The alliance will also strengthen the research activity at LPT opening up new opportunities in the macro scale modelling and high performance computing allowing faster and more accurate computations.
“We are extremely thrilled to cooperate with the researchers of the LPT at the University of Erlangen, who are world-wide renowned for their scientific achievements in melt pool simulations. We are definitely convinced that these new modelling capabilities brought to Virfac will advance the accuracy of simulations and understanding of the additive manufacturing process and create great value for the industry to speed up the creation of parts and reduce scraps and defects,” stated Dr Michel Delanaye, co-CEO of GeonX SA, in charge of Product Development.
“GeonX products are known for their high quality modelling of production processes. We are excited to work together with such an innovative company and see our research go directly to industrial clients and affect their production processes. At the same time this cooperation will also create new research possibilities for us to deepen our knowledge of additive manufacturing processes and improve these processes,” added Prof Dr-Ing Michael Schmidt, head of LPT.