Materialise’s new Magics software offers increased functionality for metal AM

November 23, 2018

November 23, 2018

Materialise's new Magics software offers increased functionality for metal AM

Metal additively manufactured parts with support structures generated in Materialise Magics (Courtesy Materialise NV)


Materialise NV, Leuven, Belgium, has introduced the latest edition of its Magics software for Additive Manufacturing: Magics 23. The updated software offers integrated simulation capabilities and automated support generation for metal Additive Manufacturing, and is said to offer improved ease-of-use and give users more control.

By offering more control and better integrated features, the company stated that its updated software allows users to process large data sets faster, spend less time on data preparation, and benefit from reduced powder consumption.

Users of Magics 23 can create self-supporting honeycomb structures, preview and analyse the structure and have full control over its orientation on the build platform. Part quality has also been improved using fillets, which can be generated on a single edge.

Materialise Magics 23 also introduces Data Matrix Label, an labelling feature that converts alphanumeric data from standard additively manufactured labels into a data matrix code that can be applied to individual parts. These smart tags are smaller and can be read by conventional data matrix scanners. Machine-readable tags are said to reduce human error and further automate the post-production process, supporting mass-customisation.

Multiple additional modules have also been upgraded as part of the new release. The simulation module can reduce the number of failed builds for metal AM by showing potential build errors before they occur, without making users switch to a separate specialised simulation application.

Stefaan Motte, Vice President and General Manager of Materialise’s Software Division, stated, “With the introduction of Magics 23, we offer integrated automation features for metal 3D printing, including simulation and automatic support generation. This allows users to drive down cost by optimising their machine operations and reducing the number of build fails, all within their trusted Magics environment.”

In addition, Materialise has announced an extension of its AM services portfolio, with new materials that support high quality prototypes. The company believes that the extension of its services will accelerate the adoption of AM in the automotive, aerospace and consumer goods industries.

November 23, 2018

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