Software provider Oqton, Ghent, Belgium, is expanding its offering through the Altair Partner Alliance, with the addition of 3DXpert and 3DXpert DfAM (Design for Additive Manufacturing). Oqton’s 3DXpert is an all-in-one software for industrial Additive Manufacturing and will enable Altair’s customers to prepare, optimise, and build high-quality parts by streamlining the workflow from design to build.
Altair provides software and cloud solutions in simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), data analytics, and AI. 3DXpert enables users to quickly and efficiently transition from a 3D CAD model to a high-quality, production-grade additively manufactured part. It can be seamlessly integrated into existing CAD/CAM workflows because of its advanced solid modelling capabilities.
The software benefits include:
- Build preparation: Completing the AM process in a true CAD environment, with seamless use of multiple types of geometry definitions, enables feature recording and repeatability throughout the necessary build preparation decisions
- Optimised design structures: 3DXpert’s DfAM features allow the user to create lightweight parts with enhanced functional properties reducing the amount of material needed as well as build time. This facilitates faster time to part which translates to a competitive advantage for Altair’s customers
- Minimised manufacturing costs: Integrated structure and thermal simulation in the design environment provides fault prediction for the entire manufacturing process, and allows part compensation and build corrections to be applied easily before sending parts to build. As a result, Altair’s customers can minimize costly, time-consuming tryouts which enables a repeatable and accurate manufacturing process with lower cost and time.
- Expedited design-to-manufacturing: With 3DXpert, users can create slice files for different production-grade AM machines directly from their design models and assign optimal build strategies to different zones, including the use of variable thickness and laser parameters, and support-less Additive Manufacturing.
“3DXpert provides a host of advantages that enable companies to innovate, improve efficiencies and lower costs when designing AM applications,” stated Roy Sterenthal, vice president of software, Oqton. “The software maintains the integrity of native CAD files which reduces the opportunity for errors often seen with STL data. Additionally, it adds capabilities to work with implicit modelling and conformal lattice structures that rely on mathematical functions to design extremely complex geometries, enabling users to create novel parts not possible with traditional technologies. We’re excited about bringing 3DXpert and 3DXpert DfAM directly to Altair’s customers, helping them enhance their workflows and accelerate innovation.”
“3DXpert is manufacturing software, built on a CAD Kernel, but handles implicit representations, as well as mesh and voxel data,” commented Myriam Mouyal, vice president of strategic relationships, Altair. “This allows for a frictionless implementation in any kind of AM design and production process. We’re happy to expand our partnership with Oqton, enabling APA users to reduce their print failure rates with parametric build preparation, and integrated process simulation.”