e-Xstream engineering, Luxembourg, part of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, has added the Senvol Database™, an extensive database of Additive Manufacturing materials and machines, to its 10X Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) solution, said to make it easier for manufacturers to shortlist and evaluate how the latest AM technologies can improve their products.
By embedding the Senvol Database within MaterialCenter, e-Xstream’s material data management system, product R&D teams will be able to review the capabilities of different materials, processes and machines and compare them to their existing designs and processes to identify opportunities for innovation, cost reduction or faster turnaround.
Shortlisted material candidates can then be exported directly from MaterialCenter to CAE tools. Design, materials and manufacturing professionals can then collaborate to develop the product virtually, using detailed proprietary material models and process definitions from suppliers to ensure optimal results.
Philippe Hébert, Product Marketing Manager at e-Xstream engineering, explained, “Since its inception, the 3D printing industry has been grappling with a lack of data on material behaviour and printing processes, which is preventing it from being used for more widespread industrial production.”
“The combination of the Senvol Database and MaterialCenter has made what used to be disparate, specialised knowledge much more accessible,” he continued. “I believe greater understanding of the rapidly evolving capabilities of AM will enable product development teams to rapidly explore new design possibilities and encourage wider collaboration to adopt new manufacturing techniques within organisations.”
Zach Simkin, President of Senvol, commented, “We are very pleased to announce our partnership with e-Xstream engineering. MaterialCenter is one of the leading software solutions for materials data management, and it is a natural fit for the Senvol Database to be offered through their platform. MaterialCenter users will now have a comprehensive database of AM machines and materials at their fingertips.”
The Senvol Database enables users to identify and compare AM machines based on supported processes, manufacturer, required part size, cost, or compatible materials and their properties.
Using the MaterialCenter web interface, users can trace the full pedigree of data (powders, machines, builds, parts, tests, post-process, design, CAE models) to understand the relationship from feedstock through build, post-process, and material testing.
All data is recorded and available to others throughout the organisation, to avoid repeating unnecessary work throughout the product development process.