Materialise announces enhanced Magics software and partnerships at RAPID + TCT 2024

June 27, 2024

New version of Magics software increases functionality and improves user experience in 3D printing data and build preparation (Courtesy Materialise)

Materialise, a provider of Additive Manufacturing software and services, released the latest version of its flagship software, Magics, along with new partnerships with Ansys, nTop, and EOS at RAPID + TCT 2024. These advancements and strategic collaborations are focused on optimising the design-to-manufacturing process and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with Additive Manufacturing.

“As Additive Manufacturing evolves towards new applications and serial production, Materialise is dedicated to enhancing our offerings and forging collaborations that best serve the needs of our users and customers,” stated Bryan Crutchfield, Vice President and General Manager, Materialise North America. “Our efforts aim to advance the industry by tackling challenges in quality and workflow efficiency.”

Magics 28 offers advanced capabilities and improved user experience

Materialise showcased the latest version of Magics, its premier software for data and build preparation. Important updates to Magics’ functionality and user experience enable customers to seamlessly integrate new parts and designs into additive manufacturing, enhancing both efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

The software features a new Lattice Module that also supports beam lattices, helping users create complex designs with lighter data sets, for faster, more accurate file processing and preparation. Another key update to Magics is the enhanced Nester Module, which enables users to automatically place numerous parts on a build platform to print many parts at once and create protective packaging customized to the design of each part. This allows users to efficiently optimize part distribution, reduce material usage, and provide better protection for their parts with the organic sinter box. The Magics user interface has also been improved based on customer feedback and now offers a dark theme option to help reduce visual strain for those working within the software platform for extended periods.

Materialise Nester is a module for Magics featuring a wide array of tools that allow you to nest your 3D models in a controlled way (Courtesy Materialise)

Also on display at RAPID + TCT is the previously announced integration of Magics with Ansys’ leading simulation software for laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) metal 3D printing. This end-to-end digital solution enables users to detect weak spots in designs and supports before printing begins. The opportunity to mitigate issues ahead of the printing process improves build success rates, reduces scrap, and saves valuable time and materials.

“Materialise remains at the forefront of the 3D printing industry by actively addressing user needs and introducing innovative technology and features that solve their pain points. With this new version of Magics, we are empowering users with faster file preparation for complex designs and enabling more efficient printing of multiple parts in a single build,” said Egwin Bovyn, Magics Product Line Manager at Materialise.

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Materialise and nTop

Materialise and nTop have announced a pioneering collaboration to accelerate the design-to-manufacturing process, enabling the production of complex parts that were previously unprintable. The integration of nTop Core’s implicit modelling API with Materialise’s Magics 3D Print Suite and NxG Build Processor allows a seamless exchange of implicit design files between design and manufacturing teams, eliminating the need for meshing and other intermediate steps. nTop’s innovative modelling kernel and file format reduce the size of traditional CAD files, allowing high-performance designs to be natively processed by Materialise’s Magics for efficient build preparation and slicing.

This collaboration tackles the challenges of processing and manufacturing larger, more intricate parts by simplifying file transfers and reducing system crashes. It marks a significant advancement in creating faster, more reliable design-to-manufacture workflows, unlocking new levels of innovation in AM.

Materialise and EOS

Materialise continues its close collaboration with EOS, a provider of industrial AM solutions, to reduce inspection costs for metal AM parts in the aviation and medical industries. Materialise will integrate multiple EOS process data sources, including optical tomography (OT) and powder bed camera data, with the AI analytics and correlation capabilities of the Materialise Quality & Process Control (QPC) system. This comprehensive solution enables the extensive inspection of AM process data to detect anomalies, eliminating the costly quality review of parts post-manufacturing.

As a member of the EOS Developer Network (EDN), Materialise has access to the different open APIs, which provide data generated during the build process. Materialise’s QPC system uses the open EOS interfaces to import OT data generated in EOS systems. QPC is part of Materialise’s CO-AM Software Platform. CO-AM provides manufacturers with a suite of software tools to plan, manage, control, and optimize the 3D printing process from planning through post-processing and quality inspection.

“Our optical tomography camera is state-of-the-art and a reliable sensor for monitoring the process stability,” said Bernd Biechele, Director of Software Development at EOS. “Thanks to these interfaces, the Materialise QPC system will be able to aggregate this data in combination with other images and sensor data to accelerate quality assurance in additive manufacturing significantly.”

Materialise will be exhibiting at the RAPID + TCT 2024 Conference at booth 2821 from June 25 – 27, 2024.

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